Fishes of the Central United States

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"Joseph Tomelleri is the best fish illustrator I've ever seen. Period. His handling of natural detail, scientific accuracy, and aesthetic elegance is nothing short of incredible. That he does it all with colored pencils is truly an artistic tour de force. Wow!"—Gary Soucie, executive editor, Audubon

"Here is the finest, most comprehensive book on the fishes of the central United States. In magnificent illustrations and lively text, it presents all of the fishes likely to be caught on hook and line in the region. ...

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Overview

"Joseph Tomelleri is the best fish illustrator I've ever seen. Period. His handling of natural detail, scientific accuracy, and aesthetic elegance is nothing short of incredible. That he does it all with colored pencils is truly an artistic tour de force. Wow!"—Gary Soucie, executive editor, Audubon

"Here is the finest, most comprehensive book on the fishes of the central United States. In magnificent illustrations and lively text, it presents all of the fishes likely to be caught on hook and line in the region. It's indispensable for anglers and naturalists alike. Don't go fishing without it!"—Doug Stange, editor-in-chief, In-Fisherman

Author Biography: Joseph R. Tomelleri is a freelance artist and biologist whose illustrations are a regular feature of In-Fisherman magazine and have been published in Field and Stream.

Mark E. Eberle is an aquatic biologist with Natural Science Research Associates in Hays, Kansas.

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Editorial Reviews

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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)
Arkansas Game and Fish
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700618163
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 1,009,123
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (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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