By Gilrert P. Whitley
Curator of Fishes, The Australian Museum, Sydney.
Since my book, the "Fishes of Australia, Part 1 (Sharks, Rays,
&c.)," was published in 1940, I have been collecting illustrations of
Australian teleost fishes towards the later volumes I have been writing.
Many of these figures have been printed in the publications of the
Australian Museum, the Royal Zoological Society and other institutions,
and the blocks have been put aside towards the main work. I continue
to present ichthyological illustrations, because I am assured that they
are of use to my fellow workers and students, though there appears
to be no immediate prospect of publication of further volumes of my
"Fishes of Australia." This is mentioned by way of explanation for
the "mixed bag" presented in this paper. At first sight, what may
appear to be scatteralia, is really a series of notes and figures which,
with the others I have published, fill numerous gaps in an effort to
illustrate at least every genus of Australian fishes. About the first
third of them (from Elops to Epinephelus) is now tolerably complete,
but at least seventy genera of major importance have yet to be illus-
trated, apart from novelties which are being discovered as the work
I am grateful to Dr. A. A. Racek of the Fisheries Branch, Chief
Secretary's Dept., Sydney, for his excellent photographs of juvenile
Figure 1. — Hairback Herring, Fluvialosa erebi. Juvenile from
G. P. Whitley del.