Di is Senior Collections Manager in our Sciences Department and is absolutely passionate about all things sciency. She loves telling people about the amazing and unique fishes found in our waters.
After a prolonged gestation, we recently launched the beautiful Fishes of Australia website in Adelaide at the Annual Conference of the Australian Society for Fish Biology.
Fishes of Australia website banner.
Source: Museum Victoria
The website, funded by the Australian Biological Resources Study, is hosted by Museum Victoria on behalf of OzFishNet, a group of fish experts who work at, or are associated with, museums in Australia and the CSIRO. Senior curator Martin Gomon and I worked with the museum's in-house design and development team to build the site, which will appeal to everyone with an interest in Australian fishes, whether they be divers, anglers, aquarists, students, teachers, or researchers.
Leafy Seadragon, Phycodurus eques
Image: Graham Short
Source: Fishes of Australia
Australia's amazingly rich and diverse fish fauna comprises about 5000 species. With so many fishes, the website is a work in progress, but photographs of over 800 species are already in the website's gallery. Eventually, we'll include detailed images and information on all Australian fishes – including tiny desert gobies from hot artesian springs in central Australia, weird and wonderful deep-sea critters found offshore, and all species on the Great Barrier Reef.
Green Moray Eel
Image: Steve Dreezer
Source: Steve Dreezer
We're also including fishes found in our territorial waters – those from our Antarctic and Subantarctic waters, plus the fishes of Ashmore, Cartier, Lord Howe, Norfolk, Christmas and Cocos Keeling islands.
Alison's Blue Devil, Paraplesiops alisonae
Image: Rudie Kuiter
Source: Aquatic Photographics
We've included a couple of user-friendly interactive keys – one to fish families, and the other to freshwater fishes (including the nasty introduced ones). Try them out on that weird fish you caught last summer, or put a name on your favourite aquarium species. We thank the many fantastic photographers who have allowed us to use their gorgeous images that illustrate the site.
Kiwi Hatchetfish, Polyipnus kiwiensis
Image: Robin McPhee & Mark McGrouther
Source: NORFANZ Founding parties
Image: Julian Finn
Source: Museum Victoria
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