Barry Russell


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Dr Barry Russell is a former Senior Curator and Assistant Director of the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), Darwin, and was also Principal Scientist (Marine Biodiversity) with the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, and Environment.  He is a fish taxonomist with over 50 years research experience on the systematics, ecology and behaviour of tropical demersal fishes of the Indo-West Pacific, and has published more than 150 papers on the taxonomy, ecology and systematics of fishes.

He has worked extensively in the N. Australia - SE Asian region, including Timor Leste and Indonesia, and has undertaken collaborative scientific projects with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and CSIRO. His current research interests include:

  • Underwater rapid biodiversity assessment
  • Taxonomy and phylogenetics of lizardfishes (Synodontidae) and threadfin breams (Nemipteridae).
  • History of early natural history in northern Australia

He is currently Curator Emeritus of Fishes at the MAGNT and is a Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia. He Co-chairs the IUCN Snapper, Seabream and Grunt Specialist Group.

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Nemipterus andamanensis, a new nemipterid fish (Perciformes: Nemipteridae) from the Andaman Islands

Bineesh, K. K., Russell, B. C. & Chandra, K., 15 Oct 2018, In : Zootaxa. 4500, 1, p. 82-90 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • A new species of Saurida (Pisces: Synodontidae) from the Mascarene Plateau, Western Indian Ocean

    Russell, B., 2015, In : Zootaxa. 3947, 3, p. 440-446 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Dentex carpenteri, a new species of deepwater seabream from Western Australia (Pisces: Sparidae)

    Iwatsuki, Y., Newman, S. & Russell, B., 2015, In : Zootaxa. 3957, 1, p. 109-119 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Saurida lessepsianus a new species of lizardfish (Pisces Synodontidae) from the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea, with a key to Saurida species in the Red Sea

    Russell, B., Golani, D. & Tikochinski, Y., 2015, In : Zootaxa. 3956, 4, p. 559-568 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle