Anthony Gill

Natural History Curator, Macleay Museum
PhD UNE; BSc (1st class Hons)
Macleay Museum, Room 133, Macleay Building A12
(02) 9036 6499


Tony Gill has had over 30 years of experience volunteering or working in natural history museums, beginning with an internship at the Australian Museum in 1981. Prior to joining the Macleay Museum in 2010, Tony Gill was Researcher – Shallow Marine Fishes in the Natural History Museum, London, and Museum Curator in the School of Life Sciences and Assistant Director for Collections in the International Institute for Species Exploration, Arizona State University. Tony received his PhD from the University of New England in 1991 based on research conducted at the Australian Museum. He was later a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow in the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., and Lerner-Grey Research Fellow in the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Research Interests

  • Systematics and classification of fishes
  • Taxonomy and historical biogeography of Indo-Pacific fishes
  • Theory and methods in biological systematics and biogeography
  • History of natural history, particularly nineteenth-century ichthyology

Publications and/or Exhibitions

Gill, A.C. 1995. Identification of the primary types of pseudochromine species described by Pieter Bleeker, with lectotype designations for Pseudochromis tapeinosoma and P. xanthochir (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Copeia 1995: 243-246.
Gill, A.C. 1996. Comments on an intercalar path for the glossopharyngeal (cranial IX) nerve as a synapomorphy of the Paracanthopterygii and on the phylogenetic position of the Gobiesocidae (Teleostei: Acanthomorpha). Copeia 1996: 1022-1029.
Gill, A.C. 2004. Revision of the Indo-Pacific dottyback fish subfamily Pseudochrominae (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Smithiana Monograph 1: i-ii + 1-214, pls 1-12.
Gill, A.C., G.R. Allen & M.V. Erdmann. 2012. Two new species of striped Pseudochromis from the Philippine Islands and Indonesia, with a redescription of P. colei (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Zootaxa 3165: 25-38.
Gill, A.C. & A.J. Edwards. 1999. Monophyly, interrelationships and description of three new genera in the dottyback fish subfamily Pseudoplesiopinae (Teleostei: Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Records of the Australian Museum 51: 141-160.
Gill, A.C. & A.J. Edwards. 2004. Revision of the Indian Ocean dottyback fish genera Chlidichthys and Pectinochromis (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae: Pseudoplesiopinae). Smithiana Buletin 3: 1-47, 3 pls.
Gill, A.C. & R. Fricke. 2001. Revision of the western Indian Ocean fish subfamily Anisochrominae (Perciformes, Pseudochromidae). Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, London, Zoology Series 67: 191-207.
Gill, A.C. & J.M. Kemp. 2002. Widespread Indo-Pacific shore-fish species: a challenge for taxonomists, biogeographers, ecologists, and fishery and conservation managers. Environmental Biology of Fishes 65: 165-174.
Gill, A.C. & R.D. Mooi. 2002. Phylogeny and systematics of fishes. Pp. 15-42. In: P.J.B. Hart & J.D. Reynolds (eds). Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries. Volume 1. Fish Biology. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Gill, A.C. & R.D. Mooi. 2010. Character evidence for the monophyly of the Microdesminae, with comments on relationships to Schindleria (Teleostei: Gobiidae). Zootaxa 2442: 51-59.
Gill, A.C. & R.D. Mooi. 2012. Thalasseleotrididae, new family of marine gobioid fishes from New Zealand and temperate Australia, with a revised definition of its sister taxon, the Gobiidae (Teleostei: Acanthomorpha). Zootaxa 3266: 41-52.
Gill, A.C. & J.T. Williams. 2011. Description of two new species of Pseudochrominae from northern Palawan and Mindoro, Philippine Islands (Teleostei: Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Zootaxa 3140: 49-59.
Gill, A.C. & U. Zajonz. 2011. Pseudochromine and pseudoplesiopine dottyback fishes from the Socotra Archipelago, Indian Ocean, with descriptions of two new species of Pseudochromis Rüppell (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae). Zootaxa 3106: 1-23.
Mooi, R.D. & A.C. Gill. 1995. Association of epaxial musculature with dorsal-fin pterygiophores in acanthomorph fishes, and its phylogenetic significance. Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, London, Zoology Series 61: 121–137.
Mooi, R.D. & A.C. Gill. 2002. Historical biogeography of fishes. Pp. 43-68. In: P.J.B. Hart & J.D. Reynolds (eds). Handbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries. Volume 1. Fish Biology. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Mooi, R.D. & A.C. Gill. 2004. Notograptidae, sister to Acanthoplesiops Regan (Teleostei: Plesiopidae: Acanthoclininae), with comments on biogeography, diet and morphological convergence with Congrogadinae (Teleostei: Pseudochromidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London 141: 179-205.
Mooi, R.D. & A.C. Gill. 2010. Phylogenies without synapomorphies, a crisis in fish systematics: it’s time to show some character. Zootaxa 2450: 26-40.
Mooi, R.D., D.M. Williams & A.C. Gill. 2011. Numerical cladistics, an unintentional refuge for phenetics: a reply to Wiley et al. Zootaxa 2946: 17-28.
Pethiyagoda, R. & A.C. Gill. 2012. Description of two new species of sea bass (Teleostei: Latidae: Lates) from Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 3314: 1-16.
Russell, B.C. & A.C. Gill. 2012. The status of Pseudolabrus psittaculus (Richardson) and use of the name Pseudolabrus rubricundus (Macleay) for this species. Cybium 36: 353-356.