From tiny gobies to the giant barramundi, this comprehensive volume provides in-depth coverage of nearly 300 species – every fish known to inhabit freshwater on the Australian continent. Stunning illustrations in full colour, with additional hints for rapid identification, complement the concise summary of biological knowledge.
Each species has a color image, distribution map, details on general features and identification as well as habitat and status information.
The book is divided into three major family sections: families containing species that are primarily confined to fresh waters or at least are dependent on fresh water for part of the life cycle; secondly, the families containing species that are basically marine or estuarine, but are sometimes found in fresh water; and last, the families containing introduced species. The families in each of the three sections are arranged following the natural (phylogenetic) evolutionary order.
This spectacular guide is an essential reference for scientists, aquarists, fishers and every person who appreciates Australia’s extraordinary natural heritage.
The Internationally recognised team of authors is headed by Gerald Allen, Senior Team Leader for Conservation International and author of over 300 scientific articles and 28 books. Dr Allen is an international authority on both freshwater and coral reef fishes of the Australia-New Guinea region