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Johns Hopkins University Press
A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Maine to Texas

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Maine to Texas

by Valerie A. Kells, Kent CarpenterValerie A. Kells
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A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is a comprehensive, current, and accurate identification guide to the more than 1,000 nearshore and offshore fishes that live in brackish and marine waters from Maine to Texas.

Val Kells and Kent Carpenter bring decades of experience to this project. With Kells' detailed, vivid illustrations and Carpenter's deep knowledge of biology, taxonomy, and nomenclature, this book captures the stunning diversity of species along America's eastern shores. Key features of the book include:

• more than 1,000 full-color illustrations, set side-by-side with descriptions of each fish
• details about the biology of each species
• habitat, distribution, and size information

Reliable and up-to-date, A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes is the most complete book ever published on East and Gulf Coast fishes—perfect for boat, home, or classroom. Its beautiful design and accessible format make it an ideal guide for fishermen, divers, students, scientists, naturalists, and fish enthusiasts alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801898389
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 260,242
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Val Kells is a marine science illustrator whose clients include publishers, designers, museums, nature centers, and aquariums. Her work has appeared in over 30 public aquariums and museums and numerous publications. Kent Carpenter is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University. He is author and editor of numerous publications, including the multivolume FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes.

Table of Contents

About This Book
Area and Species Covered
Names and Sequence of Species
Organization and Presentation
Diversity and Classification
Adaptations to Life in Water
Identifying Fishes
Additional Resources

What People are Saying About This

Carl Safina

A fresh splash of well-designed, beautifully illustrated information in a field-friendly book.

Carl Safina, author of Song for the Blue Ocean

Joe Malat

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes will soon become my go to reference book. Val Kells and Kent Carpenter have combined their talents and wealth of experience to produce an accurate, easy-to-use field guide that clearly explains and shows a reader how to correctly identify coastal fishes. This book is a must have item for anyone who works with or has an interest in fish, fishing, and the marine environment. After seeing this book, I've discovered I need two copies; one for my office and one for my boat!

Joe Malat, Joe Malat Communications

Reid Martin

Sized to fit inside the tackle-box, center console, dive bag, tote, or back-pack... If you’ve seen or caught a fish anywhere along the coast from Maine to Texas, from shallow inshore bays to offshore depths of about 660 feet, it is most likely identified here.

Storrs Olson

"What a marvelous piece of work! I have used it to identify fish that I prepared as skeletons for the Smithsonian. Everyone connected with the production of the book deserves the heartiest congratulations. Val Kells must surely be one of the best scientific illustrators of all time."

John Karges

Magnificent book. Thank you Val and Kent for this labor of extraordinarily detailed, painstaking and accurate artwork/scientific illustration inseparable. It is the go-to reference of images and complementary text.

John Karges, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Chapter

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