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Princeton University Press
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Britain hosts a diversity of freshwater environments, from torrential hill streams and lowland rivers to lakes and reservoirs, ponds and canals, and ditches and estuaries. Britain's Freshwater Fishes covers more than 50 species of freshwater and brackish fish found in these waters. This beautifully illustrated guide features in-the-hand and in-the-water photographs throughout, and accessible and informative overviews of topics such as fish biology and life cycles. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, with information on status, size and weight, habitat, ecology, and conservation. The book also includes a glossary and suggestions for further reading.

This easy-to-use field guide will be invaluable to anyone interested in Britain's freshwater fish life, from naturalists and academics to students and anglers.

  • Covers all of Britain's freshwater fishes
  • Features beautiful photos throughout
  • Includes detailed information on more than 50 species, the places they inhabit, and their roles in Britain's ecosystems
  • Attractively designed and easy to use

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 5-9
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  1. Life-cycles of British freshwater fishes
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Habitats for freshwater fishes
  2. pp. 12-21
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  1. How to identify fishes
  2. pp. 22-25
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  1. The types of fishes
  2. pp. 26-41
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  1. Glossary and technical terms
  2. pp. 42-49
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  1. Salmon watching
  2. p. 50
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  1. The Species Accounts: Introduction to the species accounts
  2. p. 51
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  1. Carp and minnow family (Cyprinidae)
  2. pp. 52-79
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  1. Salmon, trout, charr, freshwater whitefish and grayling family (Salmonidae)
  2. pp. 80-93
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  1. Pike family (Esocidae)
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. Perch family (Percidae)
  2. pp. 96-100
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  1. Sheatfish catfish family (Siluridae)
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. North American freshwater catfish family (Ictaluridae)
  2. p. 102
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  1. Sunfish family (Centrarchidae)
  2. p. 103
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  1. River loach (or hillstream loach) family (Balitoridae)
  2. pp. 104-105
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  1. Loach family (Cobitidae)
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. Sculpin family (Cottidae)
  2. pp. 106-107
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  1. Sturgeon family (Acipenseridae)
  2. pp. 108-109
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  1. Hake and burbot family (Lotidae)
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Herring, shad, sardine and menhaden family (Clupeidae)
  2. pp. 111-113
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  1. Stickleback and tubesnout family (Gasterosteidae)
  2. pp. 114-116
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  1. Freshwater eel family (Anguillidae)
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. Lamprey family (Petromyzontidae)
  2. pp. 119-123
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  1. Marine visitors
  2. p. 124
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  1. Silversides family (Atherinidae)
  2. p. 124
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  1. Smelt family (Osmeridae)
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  1. Righteye flounder family (Pleuronectidae)
  2. p. 126
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  1. Temperate bass family (Moronidae)
  2. p. 127
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  1. Mullet family (Mugilidae)
  2. pp. 128-129
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  1. Fishy fantasies
  2. pp. 130-131
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  1. Conservation and legislation
  2. pp. 132-138
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  1. Further reading and useful contacts
  2. p. 139
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  1. Acknowledgements and photographic credits
  2. pp. 140-142
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 142-144
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