R. J. McKay

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R J McKay
Born Perth, Australia
Residence Chillagoe, Australia
Nationality Australian
Fields Marine biologist
Institutions Western Australian Museum;Queensland Museum; Museum of North West Queensland, Mount Isa
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Doctoral advisor B.Jamieson' D.Wadley
Known for Exotic and translocated Freshwater Fish; marine fish systematics; Australian wolf spiders (Family Lycosidae).

R. J. McKay is an Australia-born biologist known for his work in exotic and translocated freshwater fish in Australia. McKay is curator of fishes at the Queensland Museum and his work has been quoted extensively. He also contributed a key section on "Introductions of Exotic Fishes in Australia" in Distribution, Biology and Management of Exotic Fishes published by The Johns Hopkins University Press.


Earlier in his career, McKay focused on introduction and translocation of exotic freshwater fish in Australia.He extensively researched the Australian Aquarium Industry. Later, he also extended his study to fish that were not exotic but just unusual.

He is recognised as an authority on the fishes of the Family Sillaginidae McKay, R.J.1985.A Revision of the fishes of the family Sillaginidae. Mem.Qd.Museum, 22(1):1-73.

McKay, R.J. 1992. FAO Species Catalogue 14. Sillaginid fishes of the world (Family Sillaginidae). An Annotated and Illustrated Catalogue of the Sillago, Smelt or Indo-Pacific Whiting species Known to Date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis, No. 125, Vol. 14. 1992. 87 p., 137 figs.

Institute in San Diego, California, McKay participated in the symposium on "Jumbo Squid Invasions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean".


  • McKay, R.J., 1984. Introductions of exotic fishes in Australia. In Courtenay, W.R. Jr. and J.R. Stauffer, Jr. (Editors). Distribution, Biology and Management of Exotic fishes. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, USA., 1984, p. 177-199
  • VOL. 17. PEARL PERCHES OF THE WORLD An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the pearl perches known to date ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/009/w5263e/w5263e00.pdf
  • Arthington, A.H., D.A. Milton and R.J. McKay (1983). Effects of urban development and habitat alterations on the distribution and abundance of native and fresh- water fish in the Brisbaneregion, Queensland.Austra1- ian Journal of Ecology 8.87-101
  • Arthington A.H., R.J. McKay and D.A. Milton, 1983. Effects of urban development and habitat alteration on the distribution and abundance of native and exotic fish in the Brisbane region, Queensland. Aust. J. Ecol. 8. 87-101.

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