Abstract

The scattered islets and reefs in or near the Coral Sea to the east of Queensland are very remote and few zoologists have visited them. An account of the only zoological collection made at Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs appeared in the Australian Zoologist 8 (4), 1937: 199–273.

Over the last 15 years or so the Australian Museum has received several well-preserved collections of fishes from Queensland, the Coral Sea, New Caledonia, Lord Howe Island and other South Pacific localities. The fish-fauna of Lord Howe Island has been catalogued by Waite (1904, Rec. Aust. Mus. 5(3): 187–230; 180 species listed), but many new records have appeared in the last few decades.

The Australian Museum's acquisitions from New Caledonia were listed by Whitley (1961, Proc. Roy. Zool. Soc. N. S. Wales 1958–59: 60–65) but a valuable collection of 456 fishes made by Dr. D. F. McMichael from remote islands in the Coral Sea when he was aboard H.M.A.S. Gascoyne in 1960 has not hitherto been reported upon, except for the description of one new species (Whitley, 1962, N. Queensland Nat. 30 (131): 3). This collection contains many Melanesian species and has been of value in studies on their distribution; several novel species or ones of special interest are described or figured in this paper in association with the 577 fishes obtained during the brief visit to Swain Reefs, at the south-eastern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, of the Australian Museum's 1962 Expedition, which is the main object of this report. Altogether 102 different species were collected, but only the more interesting sharks and fishes are dealt with below. Etc.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Whitley, 1964, Rec. Aust. Mus. 26(5): 145–195
Author
Gilbert P. Whitley
Year
1964
Title
Fishes from the Coral Sea and the Swain Reefs
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
26
Issue
5
Start Page
145
End Page
195
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.26.1964.673
Language
English
Plates
plates 8–10
Date Published
01 May 1964
Cover Date
01 May 1964
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
FISHES
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Available Online
23 July 2009
Reference Number
673
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