-          Atlas of Living Australia

-          Australian Biological Resources Study Fauna Online

-          Australian Faunal Directory

-          Census of Marine Life - Australia

-          CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)

-          Conservation Overview and Action Plan for Australian Threatened and Potentially Threatened Marine and Estuarine Fishes

- - info on fish pests in Aust & NZ

-          GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility

-          IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

-          Redmap Australia - log sightings of marine species on the move around Australia

BOOKS - see end of page

ETYMOLOGY (the derivation of names)

-          The ETYFish Project


-         Archaeological fish-bone images      

-          Australian Desert Fishes Pages

-          Australian Standard Fish Names

-          Catfish Species Inventory

-          Digital Fish Library

-          FishBase

-          FishPix (thousands of Japanese fish images)

-          Gobies and their relatives

-          ITIS Integrated Taxonomic Information System

-          Native Fish Australia

-          Reef fish web guide (Qld Govt.)

-          Shark Attack File - Australia (Taronga Zoo)

-          Shark Attack File - International (Florida Museum of Natural History)

-          Standard Names of Australian Fishes (CSIRO pdf 3.4mb), (FRDC

-          Tree of Life (ray-finned fishes page)

-          Zipcode Zoo


-          AFMA Australian Fisheries Management Authority

-          Australian Standard Fish Names

-          FRDC Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

-          Sydney Fish Market


-          New South Wales

-          Northern Territory

-          Queensland

-          South Australia

-          Tasmania (sea fishing and aquaculture)

-          Tasmania Inland Fisheries Service

-          Victoria

-          Western Australia


-          FISHBol Fish Barcode of Life Initiative

-          GenBank

-          MitoFish Fish Mitochondrial Genome Database (ORI, Japan)


-          Identify Life


-          Australian Museum larval fishes site

-          Larvae from Belize (USNM Division of Fishes)

-          LarvalBase Global Information System about Fish Larvae

-          Photographic guide to the late-stage larvae of Carribean coral reef fishes


-          American Museum of Natural History

-          Bishop Museum

-          California Academy of Sciences

-          Field Museum, Chicago

-          Fish Database of Taiwan

-          Florida Museum of Natural History

-          Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard

-          Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle (Paris)

-          National Science Museum, Tokyo

-          Natural History Museum (London)

-          OzFishNet

-          Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences

-          Smithsonian Division of Fishes

-          South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity

-          Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

-          Zoological Museum Copenhagen


-          American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

-          Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA)

-          Australia New Guinea Fishes Association (ANGFA)

-          Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB)

-          Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations (SCRFA)

- (Australian diving site)


-          The Atlas of Living Australia

-          FishNet2

BOOKS – published since 1970

Allen, G.R. 1980. Butterfly and Angelfishes of the World. New York : John Wiley & Sons Vol. 2 pp. 149-352 figs 214-510.

Allen, G.R. 1972. Anemonefishes, their Classification and Biology. Neptune CityNew Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 288 pp., 140 figs.

Allen, G.R. 1975. The Anemone Fishes. Their Classification and Biology. Neptune City, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 2, 351 pp.

Allen, G.R. 1975. Damselfishes of the South Seas. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 237 pp. 251 figs.

Allen, G.R. 1982. Inland Fishes of Western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 86 pp. 6 figs 20 pls.

Allen, G.R. 1989. Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Neptune, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp., 63 pls.

Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls.

Allen, G.R. & Cross, N.J. 1982. Rainbowfishes of Australia and Papua-New Guinea. New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 142 pp. figs.

Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research Vol. 1-3 1260 pp.

Allen, G.R., Midgley, S.H. & Allen, M. 2002. Field Guide to the Freshwater Fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth.

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1987. Reef fishes of the Indian Ocean. A pictorial guide to the common reef fishes of the Indian Ocean. Neptune City, New Jersey : T.F.H. Publications 240 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R.C. 1988. Fishes of Christmas Island Indian Ocean. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association pp.197.

Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1994. Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide. Singapore : Tropical Reef Research i-v, 378 pp., pls.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R. & Allen, M. 1998. A Guide to Angelfishes & Butterflyfishes. Cairns : Odyssey Publishing/Tropical Reef Research 250 pp. figs.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R., Human, P. & Deloach, N. 2003. Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific. Jacksonville, Florida : New World Publications, Inc. 457 pp.

Allen, G.R., Steene, R.C. & Orchard, M. 2007. Fishes of Christmas Island. Christmas Island : Christmas Island Natural History Association 2, 284 pp.

Allen, G.R. & Swainston, R. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A field guide for anglers and divers. Perth, WA : Western Australian Museum vi 201 pp., 70 pls.

Becker, V.E. 1983. Myctophid Fishes of the World Ocean. Moscow : Science Publishers 248 pp. 102 figs. [in Russian]

Daley, R.K., Stevens, J.D., Last, P.R. & Yearsley, G.K. 2002. Field Guide to Australian Sharks & Rays. Hobart : CSIRO Marine Research 84 pp.

Berra, T.M. 2007. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Chicago : University of Chicago 605 pp.

Block, B.A & Stevens, E.D. (eds) 2001. Tuna: Physiology, Ecology, and Evolution. Fish Physiology. London : Academic Press Vol. 19 350 pp.

Clements, J. 1988. Salmon at the Antipodes: A history and review of the trout, salmon and char and introduced coarse fish in Australasia. Ballarat : John Clements pp.

Coleman, N. 1974. Australian Marine Fishes in Colour. Sydney : A.H. & A.W. Reid 108 pp.

Coleman, N. 1980. Australian Sea Fishes South of 30ºS. Lane Cove, NSW : Doubleday Australia Pty Ltd 309 pp.

Daley, R.K., Last, P.R., Yearsley, G.K. & Ward, R.D. 1997. South east fishery quota species. An identification guide. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 91 pp.

Dawson, C.E. 1985. Indo-Pacific Pipefishes (Red Sea to the Americas). Ocean Springs (Mississippi): Gulf Coast Research Laboratory 230 pp. 293 figs pl. 1.

Edgar, G.J. 1997. Australian Marine Life, the plants and animals of temperate waters. Kew, Australia : Reed Books 544 pp.

Edgar, G.J. 2000. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Sydney : Reed New Holland 544 pp. [Revised]

Edgar, G.J. 2008. Australian Marine Life: the plants and animals of temperate waters. Sydney : Reed New Holland 2, 624 pp.

Edgar, G.J., Last, P.R. & Wells, M.W. 1982. Coastal Fishes of Tasmania and Bass Strait. Hobart : Cat & Fiddle Press 175 pp.

Fautin, D.G. & Allen, G.R. 1992. Field guide to anemone fishes and their host sea anemones. Perth : Western Australian Museum 160 pp.

Fulton, W. 1990. Tasmanian Freshwater Fishes. Fauna of Tasmania Handbook No. 7. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H (eds) 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds) 2008. Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Gon, O. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1990. Fishes of the Southern Ocean. Grahamstown : J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology 462 pp

Grant, E.M. 2004. Grant’s guide to fishes. Scarborough, Queensland : E.M. Grant Pty. Ltd. 10th, pp.880.

Harris, J.H. & Gehrke, P.C. (Eds) (1997). Fish and rivers in stress: the NSW Rivers Survey. NSW Fisheries Office of Conservation, Cronulla and Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, Canberra. 298pp.

Herbert, B. & Peeters, J. 1995. Freshwater fishes of far north Queensland. Brisbane : Queensland Department of Primary Industries 74 pp.

Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells, Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 35. Parts 1-3. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia.

Holmes, B. 2006. Deepwater Fish Field Guide, Queensland Deepwater Fin Fish Fishery. Brisbane : Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries 16 pp.

Hutchins, J.B. 1979. A guide to the marine fishes of Rottnest Island. Perth : Creative Research 103 pp.

Hutchins, J.B. & Swainston, R. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete field guide for anglers and divers. Perth : Swainston Publishing 180 pp.

Hutchins, J.B. & Thompson, M. 1983. The Marine and Estuarine Fishes of South-western Australia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 103 pp. 345 figs.

Jackson, P.D. & Davies, J.N. 1983. The freshwater and estuarine fishes of Wilsons Promontory National Park. Fisheries and Wildlife Division, Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands. pp. 68.

Kotlyar, A.N. 1996. Beryciform Fishes of the World Ocean. Moscow : VNIRO Publishing 368 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1992. Tropical Reef-Fishes of the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Adjacent Waters. Jakarta : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama 314 pp. pls.

Kuiter, R.H. 1993. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 437 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to sea fishes of Australia. A comprehensive reference for divers and fishermen. Sydney, NSW, Australia : New Holland Publishers xvii, 434 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Seahorses, Pipefishes and Their Relatives. Chorleywood, UK : TMC Publishing 240 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen pp. 437.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Fairy & Rainbow Wrasses and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 207 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2002. Butterflyfishes, Bannerfishes and their Relatives. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2004. Basslets, Hamlets and their relatives. A comprehensive guide to selected Serranidae and Plesiopidae. Chorleywood, UK : TMC Publishing 1, 216 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. 2009. Seahorses and their relatives. Seaford, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 331.

Kuiter, R.H. 2010. Labridae fishes: wrasses. Seafood, Victoria, Australia : Aquatic Photographics pp. 398

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2001. Surgeonfishes, Rabbitfishes and Their Relatives. A comprehensive guide to Acanthuroidei. Chorleywood, U.K. : TMC Publishing 208 pp.

Kuiter, R.H. & Debelius, H. 2006. World Atlas of Marine Fishes. Frankfurt : IKAN-Unterwasserarchiv 720 pp.

Kuiter, R.H., Debelius, H. & Tanaka, H. 2003. Pomacanthidae, a Comprehensive Guide to Angelfishes. Melbourne : Zoonetics 206 pp.

Kuiter R.W. & Tonozuka, T. 2001. Indonesian Reef Fishes. Part 3. Melbourne : Zoonetics pp. 623–893.

Lake, J.S. 1978. Australian Freshwater Fishes. Melbourne : Thomas Nelson 160 pp. 140 figs.

Larson, H.K. & Martin, K.C. 1990. Freshwater Fishes of the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences Handbook Series Number 1. Darwin : Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences 102 pp. 73 figs.

Last, P.R., Scott, E.O.G. & Talbot, F.H. 1983. Fishes of Tasmania. Hobart : Tasmanian Fisheries Development Authority 563 pp. figs.

Last, P.R. & Stevens, J.D. 2009. Sharks and Rays of Australia, 2nd Ed. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.

Last, P.R., White, W.T., de Carvalho, M.R., Séret, B., Stehmann, M.F.W. & Naylor, G.J.P. (eds) 2016 Rays of the World. Melbourne : CSIRO Publishing, 800 pp.

Leggett, R. & Merrick, J.R. 1987. Australian Native Fishes for Aquariums. Artarmon : J.R. Merrick Publications 241 pp. 142 figs.

Leis, J.M. & Carson-Ewart, B.M. (eds) 2000. The larvae of Indo-Pacific coastal fishes. An identification guide to marine fish larvae. Fauna Malesiana Handbooks Leiden : Brill Vol. 2 870 pp.

Lindberg, G.U. 1974. Fishes of the World, a Key to Families and a Checklist. New York : John Wiley & Sons 545 pp. 985 figs.

Macbeth, W.G., Vandenberg, M. & Graham, K.J. 2008. Identifying Sharks and Rays; a Guide for Commercial Fishers. Sydney : New South Wales Department of Primary Industry 71 pp.

Merrick, J.R. & Schmida, G.E. 1984. Australian Freshwater Fishes Biology and Management. Sydney : J.R. Merrick 409 pp. figs 280 col. figs.

McDowall, R.M. 1988. Diadromy in fishes: migrations between freshwater and marine environments. London : Croom Helm pp. i-x, 1-308.

McDowall, R.M. 1996. Freshwater Fishes of South-Eastern Australia. Second Edition (Reed Books, Sydney).

Miller, R.G. 1993. History and atlas of the fishes of the Antarctic Ocean. Carson City, Nevada : Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain Studies pp. i-xx + 1-792.

Moser, H.G., Richards, W.J., Cohen, D.M., Fahay, M.P., Kendall Jr., A.W. & Richardson, S.L. (eds). 1984. Ontogeny and systematics of fishes. Lawrence, Kansas : American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Vol. Special Publication No. 1 pp. 1-760.

Motomura, H. 2004. Threadfins of the World (Family Polynemidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of polynemid species known to date. FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes, No. 3. Rome : FAO 117 pp., 152 figs, 6 pls.

Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A comprehensive guide to the coral reef fishes of Micronesia. Guam : Coral Graphics vi 330 pp. 192 pls.

Neira, F.J., Miskiewicz, A.G. & Trnski, T. 1998. Larvae of temperate Australian fishes: laboratory guide for larval fish identification. Nedlands, Western Australia : University of Western Australia press 474 pp.

Nelson, J.S. 2006. Fishes of the World. Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 601 pp.

Pusey, B.J., Kennard, M.J. & Arthington, A.H. 2004. Freshwater Fishes of North-eastern Australia. Collingwood, Victoria : CSIRO Publishing 684 pp.

Paxton, J.R. & Eschmeyer, W.N. (eds) 1994. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Sydney : University of New South Wales Press 240 pp.

Pepperell, J. 2010. Fishes of the Open Ocean : a Natural History & Illustrated Guide. Sydney : University of New South Wales Press Ltd 266 pp.

Pietsch, T.W. 2009. Oceanic Anglerfishes. Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea. Berkeley and Los Angeles : University of California Press pp. i-xii + 1-557.

Pietsch, T.W. & Grobecker, D.B. 1987. Frogfishes of the World: Systematics, Zoogeography, and Behavioral Ecology. Palo Alto : Stanford University Press 420 pp.

Pollard, J. (ed.) 1980. G.P. Whitley's Handbook of Australian Fishes. North Sydney : Jack Pollard Publishing Pty Ltd 629 pp.

Polovina, J.J. & Ralston, S. (eds) 1987. Tropical Snappers and Groupers: Biology and Fisheries Management. Boulder : Westview Press Inc. 659 pp.

Prokop, F. 2002. Australian Fish Guide. Croydon South, Victoria : Australian Fishing Network 256 pp.

Raadik, T.A. 2014. Fifteen from one: a revision of the Galaxias olidus Günther, 1866 complex (Teleostei, Galaxiidae) in south-eastern Australia recognises three previously described taxa and describes 12 new species. Zootaxa 3898(1): 1-198.

Randall, J.E. 2005. Reef and shore fishes of the South Pacific. New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands. Honolulu : University of Hawaii Press 707 pp.

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds) 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press 4 Vols 4 pp. 1-1748.

Scott, T.D., Glover, C.J.M. & Southcott, R.V. 1974. The Marine and Freshwater Fishes of South Australia. Adelaide : Government Printer 392 pp. figs.

Shelley, J.J., Delaval, A. & Le Feuvre, M.C. 2017. A revision of the grunter genus Syncomistes (Teleostei, Terapontidae, Syncomistes) with descriptions of seven new species from the Kimberley region, northwestern Australia. Zootaxa 4367(1): 1-103 DOI:  Abstract

Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds) 1986. Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls

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Bray, D.J. 2018. Resources, in Bray, D.J. & Gomon, M.F. (eds) Fishes of Australia. Museums Victoria and OzFishNet, accessed [date viewed],