Fishes of Nova Scotia Species Recorded in the Accession Books of Harry Piers 1899 to 1939 (Curatorial Report #89)


  • John Gilhen


Fishes, Nova Scotia, Catalogs, Collections, Harry Piers, Nova Scotia Museum


This report summarizes the work on fishes done by Harry Piers, one of the most significant figures in natural history in Nova Scotia during the last 100 years. Piers was a remarkable example of a complete curator of fishes. He had a thorough knowledge of the museum fish collection. He was able to collect, preserve and catalogue fish specimens. He had a good working knowledge of the available literature, both popular and scientific, on fish. Using technical keys he could identify specimens unfamiliar to him. He could interpret ichthyology for those lay persons who brought specimens to him and, he published important records in the scientific literature. Perhaps his most important attribute was his uncanny sense of what information would be important for future researchers.

It is hoped that, by presenting his records in this curatorial report, it will finally bring to light theĀ  remarkable contribution Harry Piers made to the study of Nova Scotian fishes.

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