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Freshwater Fishes of Texas
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. pp. c-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Series Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. About the Fish Descriptions
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Drainages of Texas
  2. pp. 3-3
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  1. Common Counts and Measurements
  2. pp. 4-5
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  1. Phylogeny of Fishes
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Key to the Families
  2. pp. 8-12
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  1. Species Accounts
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Lampreys—Family Petromyzontidae
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. Sturgeons—Family Acipenseridae
  2. pp. 17-17
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  1. Paddlefish—Family Polyodontidae
  2. pp. 18-18
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  1. Gars—Family Lepisosteidae
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. Bowfin—Family Amiidae
  2. pp. 23-23
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  1. Goldeye—Family Hiodontidae
  2. pp. 24-24
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  1. American eel—Family Anguillidae
  2. pp. 25-25
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  1. Shads—Family Clupeidae
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Carps and Minnows—Family Cyprinidae
  2. pp. 28-82
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  1. Suckers—Family Catostomidae
  2. pp. 83-91
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  1. Tetras—Family Characidae
  2. pp. 92-92
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  1. Bullhead Catfishes—Family Ictaluridae
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. Suckermouth Catfishes—Family Loricariidae
  2. pp. 103-103
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  1. Pickerels—Family Escocidae
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Trouts—Family Salmonidae
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. Pirate Perch—Family Aphredoderidae
  2. pp. 107-107
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  1. Mullets—Family Mugilidae
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. Silversides—Family Atherinidae
  2. pp. 110-112
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  1. Livebearers—Family Poeciliidae
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. Killifishes—Family Fundulidae
  2. pp. 119-126
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  1. Pupfishes—Family Cyprinodontidae
  2. pp. 127-129
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  1. Temperate Basses—Family Moronidae
  2. pp. 130-133
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  1. Black Basses and Sunfishes—Family Centrarchidae
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. Walleye and Darters—Family Percidae
  2. pp. 151-171
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  1. Drums—Family Sciaenidae
  2. pp. 172-172
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  1. Pygmy Sunfish—Family Elassomatidae
  2. pp. 173-173
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  1. Cichlids—Family Cichlidae
  2. pp. 174-176
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  1. Appendix: Counting Pharyngeal Teeth
  2. pp. 177-180
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 181-194
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  1. References
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 197-202
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