Jack Garrick

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John Andrew Frank "Jack" Garrick (1928 – August 30, 2018)[1][2] was a New Zealand ichthyologist. He specialized in elasmobranchs and published many books and articles about shark and ray biology. In 1982, he published a thorough taxonomy on sharks of the genus Carcharhinus, where he identified the smoothtooth blacktip shark as a new species.[3] He is the species authority for several types of sharks, including the New Zealand lanternshark. Garrick was a zoology professor at Victoria University of Wellington, appointed to a personal chair in 1971.[4]

He had a primary interest in the taxonomy of sharks and rays, and carried out the first exploratory deep-sea sampling using specially adapted cone nets, baited traps, and longlines, regularly to depths greater than 2000 m. Many new and rare species were obtained by use of these innovative techniques. He was responsible for the notable discovery of the first New Zealand specimens of orange roughy in 1957 (which subsequently formed the basis of a multimillion-dollar fishery). Jack collected some 721 specimens in 988 lots and deposited them at Te Papa.[2]

He discovered the first known specimens of the northern river shark, a species that was eventually named after him,[5] and which featured on an episode of the show River Monsters.[6] Garrick's catshark was also named in his honour.[7]


  1. ^ "John Andrew Frank (Jack) Garrick". New Zealand Herald.
  2. ^ a b "Professor J.A.F. (Jack) Garrick (1928-)". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  3. ^ "Sharks of the genus Carcharhinus". repository.library.noaa.gov. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  4. ^ Barrowman, Rachel (1999). Victoria University of Wellington 1899 ~ 1999 A History. Wellington: Victoria University Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-86473-369-0. Retrieved 2008-04-14.
  5. ^ Compagno, L.J.V.; W.T. White & P.R. Last (2008). "Glyphis garricki sp. nov., a new species of river shark (Carcharhiniformes: Carcharhinidae) from northern Australia and Papua New Guinea, with a redescription of Glyphis glyphis (Müller & Henle, 1839)". In Last, P.R.; W.T. White & J.J. Pogonoski (eds.). Descriptions of new Australian Chondrichthyans. CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research. pp. 203–226. ISBN 0-1921424-1-0. (ISBN corrected) ISBN 1-921424-18-2 (invalid, listed in publication).
  6. ^ https://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/river-monsters/videos/rare-glyphis-shark-filmed
  7. ^ Roberts, Clive; Stewart, A. L.; Struthers, Carl D.; Barker, Jeremy; Kortet, Salme; Freeborn, Michelle (2015). The fishes of New Zealand. 2. Wellington, New Zealand: Te Papa Press. p. 81. ISBN 9780994104168. OCLC 908128805.

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