Abstract

The fifty-four specimens of fishes brought back by the Australian Museum Expedition belong to eight families or ten species of shore-inhabiting kinds such as are found in tropical mangrove-swamps or else in freshwater rivers. There are no coral reef or open marine forms because the main activities of the expedition were concerned with geology and terrestrial fauna. The Palmer or "Barramundi", Lates calcarifer (Bloch, 1790), was photographed at the Forrest River (Keast, Austn. Mus. Mag., xi, 1953, pp. 4, 9–10, fig.) but no specimen was preserved.

In the interior of Australia, drought conditions were encountered, so specimens could only be obtained from three localities: Wilson River and Forrest River in the Kimberley Division of Western Australia and at Port Keats in the Northern Territory. Previously the Australian :Museum had no fishes from any of these places, so they are of zoogeographical interest. The range of several freshwater fishes (chanda perch, and gudgeon) and of two estuarine mudskippers can be extended into Western Australia for the first time as a result of this expedition's work. The freshwater fishes all belong to the Leichhardtian fluvifaunula which embraces the rivers of southern New Guinea and Papua, north-western Queensland, the Northern Territory and north-western Australia, which seem to share the same species of fishes and other aquatic animals.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Whitley, 1953, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(3): 123–132
Author
Gilbert P. Whitley
Year
1953
Title
Fishes collected by the Australian Museum Expedition, 1952
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
23
Issue
3
Start Page
123
End Page
132
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.23.1953.626
Language
English
Date Published
21 October 1953
Cover Date
21 October 1953
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
FISHES
Digitized
22 April 2009
Available Online
22 July 2009
Reference Number
626
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