Description of two rare Tasmanian fishes

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
Authors/Creators:Johnston, Robert Mackenzie
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
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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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.

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