Desert Fishes Council, Death Valley, CA, November 1994.

Desert fishes Down Under.

P.J. Unmack

Australia contains vast areas of desert relative to North America although much of it contains little permanent water and remains ichthyologically unexplored. Thirty three native and eight introduced species have been recorded. I begin with a history of ichthyological exploration in central Australia. Then I provide a brief summary of Central Australian fish habitats and an annotated list of native and introduced species. Finally, I review the threats to central Australian fishes.

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