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General and critical observations on the Fishes of Tasmania; With a classified catalogue of all the known species

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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1882) General and critical observations on the Fishes of Tasmania; With a classified catalogue of all the known species. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 51-170.

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Abstract

In submitting to the Fellows of this Society my observations
upon the Fishes of Tasmania, I am especially reminded
of the valuable labours of the late Mr. Morton Allport
in this direction, and of the loss which Ichthyology has
sustained by his untimely death. Not only had he laboured
zealously and successfully in all matters relating to the
acclimatisation of the European Salmonidae and other fishes,
but, in addition, he had at much pains during a number of
years collected many of our indigenous fishes and forwarded
them to Dr. Gunther, of the British Museum, with his
observations. A few of those forwarded by him were afterwards
described by Dr. Gunther as new to science, and a
still larger number, although already known and described,
were reported for the first time to include Tasmania in their
distribution. In this way he materially extended our knowledge
of the indigenous fishes, and so increased the known
list from about 100 to 142 species. These were recorded by
him in a MS. Catalogue, which the Council of this Society
kindly placed at my disposal when they learned that I was
independently engaged on a similar work.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 51-170
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 22:37
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
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