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Description of two rare Tasmanian fishes


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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1887) Description of two rare Tasmanian fishes. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 45-46.

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Description of Histiophorus herscliellii, Gray. and Lamna cornubica. Gm. (Porbeagle shark.) Histiophorus herscliellii, Gray. - A fine specimen, 13ft. 6in. total length, was recently discovered by me stranded and half buried in the sand bank communicating with a large lagoon, immediately to the north of Cape Fredrick Henrick on Forestier Peninsula. The specimen was too large for me to carry to town, as I was at the time travelling on foot ; but I have urged Mr. Frank Rush, to whom I have explained its nature and position, to bring it to town as perfectly as possible on his next trip to that locality. The addition of the above species of swordfish to our catalogue of Tasmanian fishes, will be of much interest to ichthyologists generally. Lamna cornubica. Gm. (Porbeagle shark.) A fine specimen, about three feet long, was recently captured by Mr. Frank Rush in a graball net, and to him I am indebted for the opportunity of making these observations and for enabling me on his behalf to present to the Museum collection the valuable addition of so rare a species in our waters. Mr, Morton has since most skilfully stuffed the example which may be seen in the Museum.

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. 45-46
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: 04 Dec 2012 00:34
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:45
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