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Native fishes of the Central Plateau area-Tasmania

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Andrews, AP (1972) Native fishes of the Central Plateau area-Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, The La. pp. 101-106. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

In comparison with the northern hemisphere, the major
continents of the southern hemisphere have a relatively small
freshwater fish fauna. This is probably due to the fact
that the predominant portions of the main southern hemisphere
land-masses lie in tropical, subtropical or temperate zones
and except for the southern-most extremities are not
overendowed with rivers and lakes. Consequently the
potential for invasion of fish into freshwater areas where
they can become established is limited. Most freshwater
fishes living today are considered to be derived from marine
ancestors which have subsequently invaded freshwater.
Evidence for this can be found in the fact that many groups
of fishes which are considered to be predominately freshwater
species periodically descend to the sea or to the estuaries
to spawn or carry out some other phase of the life cycle.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 101-106
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Edited by M.R. Banks.- Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania

Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2012 04:48
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:39
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