Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of North America North of Mexico

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011 - Nature - 663 pages
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There are nearly 1,000 species of freshwater fishes in North America alone, and identifying them can sometimes be a daunting task. In fact, in just the twenty years since publication of the first edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, the number of species has risen by almost 150, including 19 marine invaders and 16 newly established nonnative species. This second edition incorporates all of these new species, plus all-new maps and a collection of new and revised plates. Some of the species can be told apart only by minute differences in coloration or shape, and these beautifully illustrated plates reveal exactly how to distinguish each species.

The guide includes detailed maps and information showing where to locate each species of fish—whether that species can be found in miles-long stretches of river or small pools that cover only dozens of square feet. The ichthyologic world of the twenty-first century is not the same as it was in the twentieth, and this brand-new edition of the definitive field guide to freshwater fishes reflects these many changes.


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This is an excellent Field Guide which anyone who would like to know the kinds of fish they might encounter while fishing. I gives the ranges in the United States where the fish can be found of each species. The illustrations are excellent and the description of each fish is very helpful. I have owned one copy of this book but we have a ranch with ponds and lakes and I always seem to find this Field Guide in the wrong location.
I plan to get another one as soon as I post this review.


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DR. LAWRENCE M. PAGE is curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History and an affiliate professor at the University of Florida. DR. BROOKS M. BURR is a professor in the Department of Zoology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is an affiliate scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey.

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