A review of the freshwater fishes of the Kimberley region of Western Australia

David L. Morgan, Gerald R. Allen, Bradley J. Pusey, Damien W. Burrows

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This paper provides an overview of the freshwater fishes of the remote and sparsely populated Kimberley region of Western Australia, an area that has been subject to minimal scientific surveys, most of which have occurred in the last 30 years. A total of 49 freshwater fish species are reported from the region, but this number will likely grow as a result of future discoveries. It is an endemic hotspot, with ~40% of the species found nowhere else; many of which are known from only a few localities. The fauna is dominated by members of the Terapontidae (10 species) and Eleotridae (10 species), followed by the Plotosidae (five species), Melanotaeniidae (five species), Atherinidae (four species) and Ambassidae (four species). Additionally, in terms of freshwater fishes of the Kimberley, there are two species each in the Toxotidae and Ariidae, and a single species from each of the Anguillidae, Clupeidae, Hemiramphidae, Belonidae, Apogonidae, Gobiidae and Soleidae. There are currently no introduced fishes found in any major catchments of the Kimberley, however, there are records of the Eastern Mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) from Cape Leveque (Morgan et al. 2004c) and the Redclaw Crayfish (Cherax quadquicarinatus), which have recently been found within the Ord River basin (Doupé et al. 2004).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-64
Number of pages64
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes


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