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Australian (and New Guinea) and Rainbow Fishes New Books

wpe4.jpg (2115 bytes) N-153 Australian Native Fishes For Aquariums by Leggett and Merrick Sections on setting up a tank, collecting and handling, feeding, breeding, diseases, photography, exhibiting, judging, fish room design, and fishes. 1987, hardback, 248 pages, over 140 color photos $25.95

N-780 Fishes of the Lake Eyre Catchment of Central Australia By Rob Wager and Peter J. Unmack paperback, 2000, 88 pages, many color photos  $19.95

The Department of Primary Industries Queensland Fisheries Service (QFS) has released a fascinating new field guide on the fishes of central Australia.

The guide, entitled “Fishes of the Lake Eyre Catchment of Central Australia” was developed by QFS in conjunction with the Lake Eyre Zonal Advisory Committee, from funding provided by the Natural Heritage Trust.

DPI principal policy officer, Bernadette Kerby, said the guide provided a wealth of information to anyone interested in Australian fishes and aquatic ecosystems.

“The guide explains that the Lake Eyre Basin, despite being characterized by a lack of water, is home to a unique group of fishes, called the desert fishes,” Ms Kerby said.

“The guide has color photographs and a key to the 33 fishes native to the area to assist with identification, as well as sections on the distribution, habitat and biology of these fishes.

“There is information on the angling potential of the native fishes, their eating quality and conservation status, and a section on introduced pest fish.”

Ms Kerby said that the guide covered the area from the Finke River near Alice Springs, east to the Bulloo River at Quilpie, and from Mount Isa in the north, to Broken Hill in the south.
wpeA.jpg (1863 bytes) N-584 Freshwater Crayfishes Of New South Wales by Merrick, 1993, hardback, 127 pages $24.95
  N-655 Rainbow Fish (Barron's Complete Pet Owner's Manuals) By Gunther Schmida 2000, paperback, 64 pages $7.95

These tropical fish from Australian and New Guinea waters make colorful additions to the home aquarium. Here's information on purchase and maintenance of Rainbow fish. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information about pets for new or soon-to-be owners, as well as detailed information for aquarium enthusiasts and other animal hobbyists. Advice and instruction covers purchase, general care and maintenance, and much more.