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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Eupercaria
Ordo: Centrarchiformes
Subordo: Percichthyoidei

Familia: Percichthyidae
Genus: Macquaria
Species: M. ambigua – M. australasica – M. colonorum – M. novemaculeata

Macquaria Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes, 1830

Macquaria – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
Macquaria species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2024. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 10/2023.

Vernacular names

Macquaria is a genus of medium-sized, predatory temperate perches endemic to Australia. They are found in rivers and estuaries of the eastern part of the continent.[3]

The currently recognized species in this genus are:[3]

Macquaria ambigua (J. Richardson, 1845), commonly known as golden perch or "yellowbelly"
Macquaria australasica (G. Cuvier, 1830), commonly known as Macquarie perch
Macquaria colonorum (Günther, 1863), commonly known as estuary perch
Macquaria novemaculeata (Steindachner, 1866), commonly known as Australian bass


Some workers have found that the genus Macquaria is polyphyletic and that the two catadromous species Macquaria colonorum and M. novemaculeata are not the closest relatives of the other two species in the genus and are placed in the genus Percalates in the monotypic family Percalatidae These authors also found that the Percichthyidae and the Percalatidae were part of one of three cladea within a new order, the Centrarchiformes in the Percomorpha.[4]

Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Macquaria". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Genera in the family Percichthyidae". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). Species of Macquaria in FishBase. February 2014 version.
Sébastien Lavoué; Kouji Nakayama; Dean R. Jerry; et al. (2014). "Mitogenomic phylogeny of the Percichthyidae and Centrarchiformes (Percomorphaceae): comparison with recent nuclear gene-based studies and simultaneous analysis". Gene. 549 (1): 46–57. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2014.07.033. Abstract

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