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Fishes from fresh and brackish waters of islands in Torres Strait, far north Queensland

Title Fishes from fresh and brackish waters of islands in Torres Strait, far north Queensland (447 KB) pdf document icon
Author/s Hitchcock, G., Finn, M.A., Burrows, D.W. & Johnson, J.W.
Citation Hitchcock, G., Finn, M.A., Burrows, D.W. & Johnson, J.W. 2012 02 17: Fishes from fresh and brackish waters of islands in Torres Strait, far north Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum — Nature 56(1): 13-24. https://doi.org/10.1082/j.2204-1478.56-1.2012.2012.03
Accepted 26 July 2011
Date published 17 February 2012
DOI https://doi.org/10.1082/j.2204-1478.56-1.2012.2012.03
Keywords Torres Strait, north Queensland, fresh and brackish water fishes, pest fish
Abstract
Until recently the freshwater fish fauna of Torres Strait was virtually unknown. This paper reports on museum collections of fishes obtained in the area prior to 2005 and on several collections made in the period 2005-2011 from fresh and brackish waters on seven islands in the region: Boigu, Saibai, Mabuiag, Badu, Mua, Thursday and Horn. Eight of the fifteen freshwater fish species reported are new records for the Torres Strait Islands. Information on other aquatic fauna is presented, and the potential threats of introduced (exotic) species and sea-level rise associated with climate change, are considered.