Image: Gilbert Percy Whitley
Gilbert Whitley examining a fish in 1941.
- Australian Museum
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Gilbert Whitley (1903-1975) was the Australian Museum's curator of fishes for 42 years (1922 -1964).
He is remembered as a man of great wit and charm who published 550 papers, with over 300 on fishes and many others of an historical nature.
Whitley was a prodigious describer of new species, describing over 320 new species.
He traveled extensively, making over 80 trips within Australia and internationally.
Whitley identified, tagged and registered over 37,000 specimens in the Australian Museum Ichthyology Collection.