Fish survey of South Passage Shark Bay, Western Australia: Fishes Checklist

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13 September 2023
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In April 1979, 323 species of fish were recorded from the South Passage area of Shark Bay. The majority of these are tropical species (83%), with smaller numbers of warm temperate (11%) and cool temperate (6%) species. Many of the tropical species, however, were found to be present in only low numbers, while some warm temperate and one cool temperate species were abundant. The fishes of South Passage, therefore, are considered to belong to an impoverished tropical fauna. Furthermore, South Passage is the southernmost mainland area of Western Australia which supports a predominantly tropical fish fauna. Its fauna is even more diverse than that of the Houtman Abrolhos, a very much larger area of offshore islands and coral reefs located to the south off Geraldton.

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Hutchins J B, Earl C (2023). Fish survey of South Passage Shark Bay, Western Australia: Fishes Checklist. Version 2.0. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/zzrggg


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J. Barry Hutchins
  • Originator
Western Australian Museum
Chandra Earl
  • Metadata Provider
  • Processor
eDNA Scientific Officer
OBIS Secretariat
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Geographic Coverage

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Bounding Coordinates South West [-27.23, 112.868], North East [-24.732, 114.298]

Taxonomic Coverage


Superclass Agnatha
Unranked Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. See Github Project and R Notebook for dataset construction methods

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Hutchins, J. (1990). Fish survey of South Passage Shark Bay, Western Australia. In Berry, P., Bradshaw, S. & Wilson, B. (eds), Research in Shark Bay. Report of the France-Australe Bicentenary Expedition Committee. Western Australia Museum. Pp. 263-278.

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose These data were made accessible through UNESCO's eDNA Expeditions project to mobilize available marine species and occurrence datasets from World Heritage Sites.
Alternative Identifiers 10.25607/zzrggg