Australian Museum Journal Two new Scorpion Fishes from Queensland

Shortform:
Whitley, 1952, Rec. Aust. Mus. 23(1): 25–28
Author(s):
Whitley, Gilbert P.
Year published:
1952
Title:
Two new Scorpion Fishes from Queensland
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
23
Issue:
1
Start page:
25
End page:
28
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.23.1952.618
Language:
English
Date published:
16 June 1952
Cover date:
16 June 1952
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
FISHES
Digitized:
22 April 2009
Available online:
22 July 2009
Reference number:
618
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (132kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (524kb PDF)

Abstract

The use for the first time of prawn- and otter-trawls in southern Queensland bays in recent years has yielded some interesting fishes which escaped the notice of fishermen and naturalists employing more familiar methods of collecting. Perhaps the most remarkable-looking of these novelties are the various Scorpion Fishes which lurk amongst rocks or weeds, resembling their surroundings, and provided with venomous spines for attack or defence. These Scorpaenidae may be very local in distribution and are specialised, or even grotesque, in shape. Through the courtesy of the Secretary and Chief Administration Officer of the Department of Harbours and Marine, Brisbane (Mr. E. Coulter) and the Government Ichthyologist (Mr. T. C. Marshall), I have been enabled to examine and report upon two very interesting specimens which are evidently new to science, and which are accordingly named below.