“A much needed, comprehensive treatment of fishes inhabiting the fresh waters of Florida for the enthusiast and professional alike.”—Joseph M. Quattro, coauthor of Freshwater Fishes of South Carolina
“Excellent. Of particular value are the myriad of species identification tools provided. An important contribution to our understanding of North American fish diversity.”—Rebecca Blanton Johansen, Austin Peay State University
This book is a comprehensive identification guide to the 222 species of fishes in Florida’s fresh waters. Each species is presented with color photographs, key characteristics for identification, comparisons to similar species, habitat descriptions, and dot distribution maps.
Florida’s unique mix of species includes some of the world’s favorite sport fishes, the Tarpon and Largemouth Bass. This guide also features three species native only to Florida—the Seminole Killifish, Flagfish, and Okaloosa Darter—and the smallest freshwater fish in North America, the Least Killifish. Ranging from the panhandle to the Everglades, their habitats include springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, marshes, and man-made canals.
As Florida’s human population grows, the state’s freshwater environments are being changed in ways that threaten its native fishes. This book provides important information on the diversity, distribution, and environmental needs of both native and nonindigenous species, helping us monitor and take care of Florida’s water and its aquatic inhabitants.
Robert H. Robins is collection manager for the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Lawrence M. Page, curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is coauthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, Second Edition. James D. Williams, research associate at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is coauthor of Freshwater Mussels of Florida. Zachary S. Randall is research and collection technician for the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Griffin E. Sheehy is executive assistant in the director’s office and an affiliate in the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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