Australian Museum Journal Studies in ichthyology. No. 5

Shortform:
Whitley, 1931, Rec. Aust. Mus. 18(4): 138–160
Author(s):
Whitley, Gilbert P.
Year published:
1931
Title:
Studies in ichthyology. No. 5
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
18
Issue:
4
Start page:
138
End page:
160
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.18.1931.722
Language:
English
Plates:
plates xx–xxi
Date published:
21 June 1931
Cover date:
21 June 1931
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
05 February 2009
Available online:
05 March 2009
Reference number:
722
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (85kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (3118kb PDF)

Abstract

[Excerpt from p. 140].Macdonald and Barron gave an excellent description and plate of the Seven-gilled Shark of Bass Strait, which they called Heptranchus indicus, quoting no authority for the specific name. The identity of this species with the supposedly congeneric Notidanus indicus Agassiz was disputed by Garman (1913). In 1873, Macdonald referred to the Bass Strait specimens as Heptranchus griseus, without stating that this was a new name, or perhaps regarding it as conspecific with the European Squalus griseus Gmelin or Hexanchus griseus Rafinesque, Günther's "Catalogue," with these names in Notidanus, having been issued in the meantime. Apparently the Australian form has no name of its own, so I am proposing one here which was suggested in a letter from J. D. Ogilby to A. R. McCulloch, dated October 22, 1909, as follows: "I have long been of opinion that our Heptranchias requires a new name and so list it as H. macdonaldi; however, as it does not occur here [Queensland], I hand it over unreservedly to you." To this, McCulloch had appended a note in his card-index: "We have received a small specimen from Port Jackson which accurately agrees with Muller and Henle's figure of H. indicus. Macdonald and Barron's figure in P.Z.S. of a specimen from Bass Straits is very good, and there should be little difficulty in deciding if it is correctly identified." It has thus remained for the present writer to instate Ogilby's name, which does not appear to have been published hitherto.

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