Freshwater Fishes of Texas: A Field Guide / Edition 1

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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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Texas Outdoors Journal
...the definitive text describing Texas freshwater 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 interestred in this resources.
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Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface     VII
Foreword   Fran Gelwick     IX
Acknowledgments     XIII
About the Fish Descriptions     1
Drainages of Texas     3
Common Counts and Measurements     4
Phylogeny of Fishes     6
Key to the Families     8
Species Accounts     13
Lampreys-Family Petromyzontidae     15
Sturgeons-Family Acipenseridae     17
Paddlefish-Family Polyodontidae     18
Gars-Family Lepisosteidae     19
Bowfin-Family Amiidae     23
Goldeye-Family Hiodontidae     24
American eel-Family Anguillidae     25
Shads-Family Clupeidae     26
Carps and Minnows-Family Cyprinidae     28
Suckers-Family Catostomidae     83
Tetras-Family Characidae     92
Bullhead Catfishes-Family Ictaluridae     93
Suckermouth Catfishes-Family Loricariidae     103
Pickerels-Family Escocidae     104
Trouts-Family Salmonidae     106
Pirate Perch-Family Aphredoderidae     107
Mullets-Family Mugilidae     108
Silversides-Family Atherinidae     110
Livebearers-Family Poeciliidae     113
Killifishes-Family Fundulidae     119
Pupfishes-Family Cyprinodontidae     127
Temperate Basses-Family Moronidae     130
Black Basses and Sunfishes-Family Centrarchidae     134
Walleye and Darters-Family Percidae     151
Drums-Family Sciaenidae     172
Pygmy Sunfish-Family Elassomatidae     173
Cichlids-Family Cichlidae     174
Counting Pharyngeal Teeth     177
Glossary     181
References     195
Index     197
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