Summary

Watercolur illustration of a Black Bream, Acanthopagrus butcheri, from Mordialloc Creek, Port Phillip, by Arthur Bartholomew,1865, for Plate 4 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.This illustration is based on a different specimen to that of the plate, and the geometry of the scale pattern on this fish is interestingly captured by Bartholomew.

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

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Black Bream, Acanthopagrus butcheri, by Arthur Bartholomew. Illustration, pencil and watercolour on paper, 17 x 26cm, for Plate 4 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

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