Fishes of the Central United States

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This is the greatly-expanded second edition of a book that has been hailed by In-Fisherman as "magnificent . . . the finest, most comprehensive book on the fishes of the central United States." Featuring the artwork of nationally acclaimed fish illustrator Joseph Tomelleri, it bridges the gap between technical studies and popular field guides in a volume that is indispensable for anglers and naturalists alike.

Working with Prismacolor, graphite pencils, and painstaking attention...

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Overview

This is the greatly-expanded second edition of a book that has been hailed by In-Fisherman as "magnificent . . . the finest, most comprehensive book on the fishes of the central United States." Featuring the artwork of nationally acclaimed fish illustrator Joseph Tomelleri, it bridges the gap between technical studies and popular field guides in a volume that is indispensable for anglers and naturalists alike.

Working with Prismacolor, graphite pencils, and painstaking attention to scientifically precise detail, Tomelleri showcases his ability with stunning illustrations that are both technically and aesthetically satisfying, while also capturing subtle variations among fishes that the camera lens misses. In this new edition he depicts 250 fishes, including 87 appearing for the first time (a more than 50% increase over the original edition), found in 21 states from the Great Lakes in the north through the Mississippi Valley to the southern tip of Texas, and west to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande.

Tomelleri teams up once again with Mark Eberle to provide keen insights into the ecology, natural history, and conservation of these fishes and the types of threats they face. Species accounts are informative but not technical, and are interwoven with folklore and anecdotes. Do you know, for example, what fish looks like "Mother Nature's hand-held vacuum cleaner?" Can you name a minnow that reaches five to six feet in length? Or the fish that sometimes turns up in farmers' fields—alive? What fish has a gizzard? Which one swims a victory lap after it catches its prey? Tomelleri and Eberle reveal the answers and much more in this lavishly illustrated compendium of fish facts and lore.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Magnificent artwork. One of the most enjoyable and enlightening fish books you'll ever read.
Chattanooga Times
The illustrations are so lifelike that one can almost hear the fish struggle to get off the page.
Kansas City Star
Tomelleri is a fish illustrator of great renown, widely acclaimed for his precise yet elegant renderings.
Booknews
The quality of the 163 color drawings is so astonishing technically and aesthetically superior to photographs--that it's a shame that it confines itself to those species most likely to be caught for fun by sportsmen. The accompanying text focuses on the ecology and natural history of each species. Paper edition (unseen), $17.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700618156
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph R. Tomelleri, an avid fisherman and naturalist, has traveled more than 175,000 miles over the past twenty-five years to collect live fishes. His 1,000 illustrations have appeared in over 500 places, including thirty books, magazines, advertisements, greeting cards, T-shirts, furniture, posters, trading cards, and identification guides. His fine-art prints and originals can be found at www.americanfishes.com. Mark E. Eberle, an aquatic biologist, is lab coordinator in the Department of Biological Sciences and collection manager for the Sternberg Museum of Natural History at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    A must have for expert and novice

    The title says it all. I consider myself a skilled outdoorsman and nature nut. I searched high and low for a good fish guide covering the midwest U.S. and turned to the ol' reliable sources -- Golden, Peterson, Audubon, and National Geographic. None of them, and dozens of others I reviewed, held a candle to this book. I wanted a comprehensive book, but I didn't need the salt-water information. There aren't too many oceans in Minnesota! The art work in the guide is the best I've ever seen. The narratives for each species is an added bonus. Most guides only give descriptions on animals, this guide does that but goes well beyond that giving interesting and practical insights on behavioral characteristics and some fishing tips. It's also written in a very user friendly style; common and slang titles are also included for each fish, a very helpful feature for those minor wars with friends of what a 'dogfish' really is (or 'are' as the book describes). If you are a beginning angler or an a fishing expert and live in the central (from Canada to Mexico) United States, you absolutely need to buy this book.

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