Summary

Colour proof of a Black Bream from Mordialloc Creek, Port Phillip, by Arthur Bartholomew, published as Plate 4 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy. McCoy incorrectly stated that this was the first published image of a Yellowfin Bream, Acanthopagrus australis, noting that it "is common in the Gippsland Lakes as well as Hobsons Bay".

The Black Bream, which was not described until 1949, occurs along the south coast, and is common in the lakes. Although Yellowfin Bream do occur in Gippsland Lakes, they are more common on the east coast of Australia.

This plate forms part of the much larger Prodromus Collection. Many of the original illustrations in the collection informed the production of the two volume work 'The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria', Museum Victoria's first major publication commencing in 1878.

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Black Bream, Acanthopagrus butcheri, by Arthur Bartholomew. Colour proof, lithographic ink & pencil on paper, 19 x 28cm, published as Plate 4 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

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