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Mark Lintermans

Ecologist and author

About Mark

Mark Lintermans has 40+ years’ experience as a fisheries ecologist and has written over 350 papers and reports. His major interests are the ecology and management of threatened species, and the interaction of native and alien fish species. Mark has a Master’s degree from the Australian National University on the ecology of the Two-spined blackfish, and in 2022 finally finished a PhD at the University of Canberra on the ecology and management of Australia’s threatened freshwater fish. He has carried out extensive surveys and ecological studies, particularly on fish of the high country, and has worked as a fisheries scientist for the ACT Government, the Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre, the Murray–Darling Basin Commission, and the University of Canberra.
He now runs a small fish consultancy business (Fish Fondler Pty Ltd). Mark was awarded Life Membership, is a Hall of Fame member and is a past President of the Australian Society for Fish Biology (ASFB), as well as being a long-time Convener of the ASFB Threatened Fishes Committee and ASFB Alien Fishes Committee.

Mark grew up in Melbourne, is an amateur blacksmith (and collector of rusty things), is particularly fond of Furphy water carts, and a passionate supporter of the Collingwood Football Club. Although he is skeptical that he will live long enough to see the Mighty Pies win back-to-back premierships (they went close in 2010-11), he lives in hope.
Front book cover of Fishes of the Murray–Darling Basin

Become a Native Fish Expert:
Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin

The second edition of Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin by Mark Lintermans is available now! This edition has been fully revised, incorporating new ecological knowledge on each species and additional species accounts.

Fishes of the Murray-Darling Basin remains the only 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 is an invaluable resource for naturalists, students, fishers, scientists and anyone else interested in the life within our rivers.