New book on the freshwater fishes of the Kimberley

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Last night saw the official launch of a new book on the freshwater fishes of the Kimberley

For the first time, a comprehensive new field guide provides detailed information about the incredible diversity of all known freshwater fishes in the Kimberley, as well as their significance to that remarkable part of the world. WA Museum Curator of Fishes Dr Glenn Moore and WA Museum Technical Officer Dr Mark Allen co-authored A field guide to the freshwater fishes of the Kimberley, which documents almost 100 fish species that are known to inhabit fresh waters of the Kimberley, after collecting fishes and surveying the biodiversity and abundance of fishes in the region.

The WA Museum’s extensive database of collections and records contributed to the distributional data presented in the field guide. Readers will now know where freshwater fish species can be found; what they look like and how to tell them apart; what is known about their habitat and biology; the various Aboriginal names for the species; and traditional knowledge regarding some of the species. The field guide is the result of a national collaboration between the Western Australian Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, University of Melbourne, Murdoch University’s Freshwater Fish Group and Fish Health Unit, and Museums Victoria. It was supported through an Applied Taxonomy Grant from the Bush Blitz program: a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Ecosystems and Earthwatch Australia.

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Official Museum press release here: