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Observations on some Tasmanian Fishes, Part XIX


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Scott, EOG 1973 , 'Observations on some Tasmanian Fishes, Part XIX' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 107 , pp. 247-292 .

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It has been found that in a number of fins of the specimens examined a simple
consistent relationship subsists between the lengths of the spines and/or rays and
their numerical sequence along the base of the fin. Thus, the set of dorsal spines of
Enoplosus armatus (White,l790) comprises an ascending subset (I-IV) and a descending
subset (IV-VIII), in both of which subsets the logarithms of the lengths of the spines
are a linear function of the serial munbers of the spines, counting caudad: in the
dorsal of Threpterius maculosus Richardson,l850 the lengths of the spines of the
ascending subset (I-V) are a linear function of their serial numbers counted caudad,
while in the descending subset (V-XVIII) the lengths of the spines are a linear
function of the logarithms of their inverse serial numbers (i.e., ordinal numbers counted
cephalad). Other species for which length-position patterns of radial elements of
fins are specified are Brama brama (Bonnaterre,l788), Dactylosargus arctidens(Richardson,
1839) , Neosebastes pandus (Richardson, 1842) , Neosebastes panticus McCulloch &
Waite,l918, Neothunnus macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel,l844). The majority of
patterns involve the logarithms of both the length and the serial number of the spine
or ray.
Two species, Muraenichthys ogilbyi Fowler, 1908 (Echelidae), Neothunnus macropterus
(Temminck & Schlegel, l844) are added to the local list. Neoodax attenuatus (Ogilby, 1887), not recognized since its discovery, is reported, redescribed and figured.
Some miscellaneous observations are made as follows: Hexanchidae: Notorhynchus cepedianus (Peron, 1807), notes on a juvenile male. Sphyrnidae: Undetermined species of Sphyrna, large example from the East Coast. Rajidae: Raja whitleyi Iredale, l938,
size possible sexual dimorphism. llaplochitonidae, Calaxiidae: occurrence in a sample
of whitebait of Lovettia sealii (Johnston, 1883), Galaxias attenuatus (Jenyns, 1842),
Galaxias truttaceus (Cuvier,l816); specification of the sample by species number, sex,
length; pigmentation patterns in the galaxiids; general notes. Muraenidae: Gymnothorax
lee cote Scott, 1965, second specimen, differences from holotype, head figured.
Bramidae: Brama brama (Bonnaterre,l788), description of a specimen, radial lengthmnnber
patterns. Enoplosidae: Enoplosus armatus (White, 1790), metrical and other data
on 6 specimens, venomous spines, variation with age, radial length-number patterns.
Chironemidae: Threpterius maculosus Richardson,l850, second Tasmanian example, radial
length-number patterns. Aplodactylidae: Aplodactylus arctidens (Richardson,l839),
characters of 4 local specimens, radial length-number pat terns. Scorpaenidae: Neosebastes
pandus (Richardson, 1842), variation exhibi teJ by a Tasmanian example, radial
length-number patterns; Neosebastes panticus McCulloch & Waite, 1918, additional records,
venomous spines, radial length-number patterns.
Notes are given on two fishing contests held in 1970 and 1971.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Scott, EOG
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
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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