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Murray River cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii)

Murray-Darling Cod

Status Vulnerable[1]

Mature fish: pools, associated with snags and large woody debris

Spawning: eggs deposited on snags, rocks or firm clay


Age at maturity/spawning: 4 years; extreme variability depending on location and growth rate

Spawning season: October—December

Spawning cue: Onset of upstream migration generally coincides with elevated water levels. High larval survival occurs when significant rise in water level coincides with the breeding season.

Spawning frequency: annual

Critical water temperature for spawning: 20 ºC

Time to hatching: 4.5—13 days depending on temperature

Spawning migration: often upstream

Longevity: 30 years


Habitat-specific spawner (spawn and recruit under high and low flow, habitat important)



  1. ^ Australian Government (1999), Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Last updated: 22 March 2013

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2013) Murray River cod (Maccullochella peelii peelii), WetlandInfo website, accessed 18 March 2024. Available at:

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