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There are nearly 1,000 species of freshwater fishes in North America north of Mexico, and identifying them can 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 141, including 114 newly recognized native species and 16 newly established nonnative species. This second edition incorporates all of the new species and the most common marine invaders, 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 ichthyological 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.
Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, and the National Audubon Society
DR. LAWRENCE M. PAGE is curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History, principal scientist emeritus of the Illinois Natural History Survey, 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.
About the Author
DR. LAWRENCE M. PAGE is curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. He is also principal scientist emeritus for the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Center for Biodiversity, 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 of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Dr. Page and Dr. Burr have extensive field experience and have published numerous papers on the freshwater fishes of North America.
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