In the earlier days the cataloguing and labeling of type specimens was rather careless, mostly with no mention that they were types. What we now term ’holotypes’ were previously referred to merely as ’types’, and both ’syntypes’ and ’paratypes’ were called ’cotypes’. Several of the original types were obscured in the files by writing them off as synonyms of other (earlier) species names, changing not only the generic, but even the specific names. Exchange of type material was extremely informal and often no record was made of the transfers. I have started to compile a catalogue of the type material in the museum in 1952, shortly after I was put in charge of the fish collections. Demands for loan of paratypes urged me, however, to complete the cataloguing of some particular groups in advance of the intended catalogue, resulting in the present list of the order Mugiliformes.