Freshwater Fishes of Texas
A Field Guide
Natural History
5.5 x 8.5, 220 pp.
215 color photos., 1 line art., 1 color map., 161 b&w maps., 22 color figs., Gloss.
Pub Date: 06/18/2007
River Books, Sponsored by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Texas State University
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Freshwater Fishes of Texas

A Field Guide

By Chad Thomas, Timothy H. Bonner and Bobby G. Whiteside
Foreword by Fran Gelwick
Preface by Andrew Sansom

Containing habitat information, physical descriptions, photographs, and range maps for more than 150 species of freshwater fishes that can be found in Texas, this field guide is an indispensable reference and research tool for ichthyologists, professional fisheries biologists, amateur naturalists, and anglers alike.
The introductory section offers an illustrated guide to the common counts and measurements used for fish identification; a brief explanation of fish phylogeny; and a scientific key to help identify the fish families in Texas.
The book includes species accounts of native and introduced fishes found in the freshwaters of Texas. Each account covers the physical characteristics, habitat, and distribution of the fish, with additional comments of interest or importance to its life history and conservation status. With the largest collection to date of color photographs, including various color phases (breeding and non-breeding colors), the book also includes range maps within the species accounts. The closing pages of the book feature a glossary and reference section.
In a time when the state’s water resources are beset by issues growing in both number and complexity, this book provides information for professionals and policy makers. It also contributes to the natural history education of the public.

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CHAD THOMAS began working on this field guide while employed as a research scientist in the Department of Biology at Texas State University in San Marcos. He is currently an intern and contractor at Texas State.

TIMOTHY H. BONNER is an assistant professor of biology at the Aquatic Station at Texas State University.

BOBBY G. WHITESIDE is Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus at Texas State University.

What Readers Are Saying:

“This book is a slim, well-organized guide to 161 species of freshwater fishes found in Texas.” --Southeastern Naturalist, Vol. 6, No.4

“But this is not your ordinary field guide . . . . can help readers better understand the importance of sustaining aquatic biodiversity . . . .Freshwater Fishes of Texas sports a practical water resistant cover, a crisp and attractive page layout, detailed photographs, and strong organization that contribute to its ease of use. The authors make it easy for an expert or amateur to identify a fish based on morphological features, simple measurements, and fin counts or by simply matching it with the color photos . . . . For anyone who is interested in learning more about Texas freshwater fishes, this book is essential for your library. Though I bet it will find its way into your tackle box or glove compartment, as it did in my case.” --Texas Books in Review

“It will be useful for students, professionals, as well as lay persons interested in fishes and aquatic ecology and conservation in Texas. A Major factor of interest for this manuscript is high quality photographs that show life colors and technical drawings for characteristic morphological features used in distinguishing among species within Texas.” --Frances Gelwick, Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M Un

“…as thorough a description of the identifying characteristics of fishes as I have seen. . . .provides useful information as both a field guide to identification and an ichthyology laboratory manual…Texas has needed a publication like this for many years…” --David Bass, Aquatic Scientist

“…the definitive text describing Texas fresh water fish…user friendly…In a time when Texas’ water resources are beset by growing issues in both number and complexity, this book provides information for all those interested in this resource.” --Texas Outdoors Journal

“If you primarily fish in fresh water, then Freshwater Fishes of Texas is the book for you…the book for anyone who wets a hook in the fresh waters of Texas.” --Mexia Daily News


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