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Fish fauna in inland waters of the Pilbara (Indian Ocean) Drainage Division of Western Australia - evidence for three subprovinces

Morgan, D.L. and Gill, H.S. (2004) Fish fauna in inland waters of the Pilbara (Indian Ocean) Drainage Division of Western Australia - evidence for three subprovinces. Zootaxa, 636 . pp. 1-43.

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Abstract

This paper describes the distribution of fishes in inland waters of the Pilbara (Indian Ocean) Drainage Division of Western Australia. 48 842 fish representing 29 species (including one undescribed plotosid catfish) were recorded from 148 of the 171 sites sampled in 21 river systems throughout the Pilbara Drainage Division, i.e. from the Irwin River in the south to the DeGrey River in the north. Of these, 26 844 were from 13 native freshwater species (this total includes the catadromous Indian short-finned eel Anguilla bicolor McClelland 1844 and an undescribed plotosid catfish), 3 099 were from 12 marine/estuarine species and a further 18 899 were from four introduced species. In addition, the Pilbara Drainage Division contains two endemic cave fishes in the North West Cape (Humphreys & Adams 1991; Allen et al. 2002). The results of this study suggest that the Pilbara Drainage Division can be divided into three subprovinces, one for the westwards flowing rivers, i.e. from the Greenough to Lyndon (Southern Pilbara Subprovince), another for the northwards flowing rivers, i.e. from the Yannarie to the DeGrey (Northern Pilbara Subprovince), and a third for the subterranean waters of North West Cape (North West Cape Subprovince).

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research
Publisher: Magnolia Press
Copyright: © 2004 Magnolia Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/14469
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