Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin by Mark Lintermans was first published in 2007 by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and subsequently reprinted in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2016. It was the first book of its kind, devoted exclusively to the fishes of Australia’s largest river system, containing rigorous information on the identification, habitats, biology and distribution of the freshwater fish of the Murray-Darling Basin, as well as background information on the threats to fish and aquatic ecosystems. It proved to be an invaluable resource for naturalists, students, fishers, scientists and anyone else interested in the life within our rivers, helping them learn about the iconic Murray cod (Australia’s largest freshwater fish), and smaller species such as galaxias, gudgeons, hardyheads and pygmy perch that inhabit the Basin’s waterways.
The second edition of Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin, published by the Australian River Restoration Centre, is available now. The 2nd edition has been fully revised, incorporating new ecological knowledge on each species and additional species accounts. The number of species of freshwater fish now known to occur in the Basin has increased from 57 in 2007 to 63 in the 2nd edition.
This website was built as a companion site to the 2nd edition, with the goal of allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the world of the Murray-Darling Basin and its many species of fish, providing detailed information on each species, available on-the-go. This website also includes information on key topics such as threats to native fish, native fish recovery, First Nations connections, and identifying fish. This site is not a word-for-word reproduction of the book, but serves as a great resource and starting point for anglers, fishers, scientists, ecologists, fish enthusiasts and more to dip your toes in the world of the fish of the Murray-Darling Basin.
This website contains a list of online resources for further reading and research as an addition to the printed book. To view these resources, please click here.