Leichhardt: A Scientist in a Strange Land

Leichhardt's Velvetfish

“So long as there are things in natural science of which I am quite unaware, my studies will not be over – if only ways and means allow me to pursue them.”

Letter from Leichhardt to his father, Christian, 14 March 1836

In 2013, Leichhardt’s Velvetfish was named as a new species, based on three specimens dredged in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. It has been distinguished from similar species most conclusively by comparing computed tomography (CT) images of the skull. It appears to be rare and is possibly restricted to waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

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