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This book is a comprehensive identification guide to the 222 species of fishes in Florida’s fresh waters. Each species is presented with color photographs, key characteristics for identification, comparisons to similar species, habitat descriptions, and dot distribution maps.

Florida's unique mix of species includes some of the world's favorite sport fishes, the Tarpon and Largemouth Bass. This guide also features three species native only to Florida--the Seminole Killifish, Flagfish, and Okaloosa Darter--and the smallest freshwater fish in North America, the Least Killifish. Ranging from the panhandle to the Everglades, their habitats include springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, marshes, and man-made canals.

As Florida's human population grows, the state's freshwater environments are being changed in ways that threaten its native fishes. This book provides important information on the diversity, distribution, and environmental needs of both native and nonindigenous species, helping us monitor and take care of Florida's water and its aquatic inhabitants.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-34
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  1. Family and Species Accounts
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. Family Petromyzontidae (Lampreys)
  2. pp. 35-38
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  1. Family Dasyatidae (Whiptail Stingrays)
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. Family Acipenseridae (Sturgeons)
  2. pp. 41-44
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  1. Family Lepisosteidae (Gars)
  2. pp. 45-51
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  1. Family Amiidae (Bowfins)
  2. pp. 52-53
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  1. Family Notopteridae (Featherfin Knifefishes)
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. Family Elopidae (Tenpounders)
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. Family Megalopidae (Tarpons)
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. Family Anguillidae (Freshwater Eels)
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Family Ophichthidae (Snake Eels)
  2. pp. 63-64
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  1. Family Engraulidae (Anchovies)
  2. pp. 65-66
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  1. Family Clupeidae (Herrings)
  2. pp. 67-79
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  1. Family Cyprinidae (Carps and Minnows)
  2. pp. 80-127
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  1. Family Catostomidae (Suckers)
  2. pp. 128-140
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  1. Family Cobitidae (Spined Loaches)
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. Family Callichthyidae (Callichthyid Armored Catfishes)
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. Family Loricariidae (Suckermouth Armored Catfishes)
  2. pp. 145-148
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  1. Family Clariidae (Labyrinth Catfishes)
  2. pp. 149-150
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  1. Family Ariidae (Sea Catfishes)
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. Family Ictaluridae (North American Catfishes)
  2. pp. 155-171
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  1. Family Esocidae (Pikes and Mudminnows)
  2. pp. 172-176
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  1. Family Aphredoderidae (Pirate Perches)
  2. pp. 177-178
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  1. Family Mugilidae (Mullets)
  2. pp. 179-183
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  1. Family Atherinopsidae (New World Silversides)
  2. pp. 184-188
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  1. Family Belonidae (Needlefishes)
  2. pp. 189-192
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  1. Family Cynolebiidae (New World Rivulines)
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Family Fundulidae (Topminnows)
  2. pp. 195-221
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  1. Family Cyprinodontidae (Pupfishes)
  2. pp. 222-225
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  1. Family Poeciliidae (Livebearers)
  2. pp. 226-238
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  1. Family Syngnathidae (Pipefishes and Seahorses)
  2. pp. 239-243
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  1. Family Synbranchidae (Swamp Eels)
  2. pp. 244-245
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  1. Family Mastacembelidae (Freshwater Spiny Eels)
  2. pp. 246-247
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  1. Family Centropomidae (Snooks)
  2. pp. 248-254
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  1. Family Moronidae (Temperate Basses)
  2. pp. 255-258
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  1. Family Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)
  2. pp. 259-302
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  1. Family Elassomatidae (Pygmy Sunfishes)
  2. pp. 303-309
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  1. Family Percidae (Perches and Darters)
  2. pp. 310-339
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  1. Family Lutjanidae (Snappers)
  2. pp. 340-342
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  1. Family Gerreidae (Mojarras)
  2. pp. 343-348
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  1. Family Sparidae (Porgies)
  2. pp. 349-353
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  1. Family Sciaenidae (Drums and Croakers)
  2. pp. 354-362
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  1. Family Cichlidae (Cichlids and Tilapias)
  2. pp. 363-402
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  1. Family Eleotridae (Sleepers)
  2. pp. 403-407
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  1. Family Gobiidae (Gobies)
  2. pp. 408-417
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  1. Family Osphronemidae (Gouramies)
  2. pp. 418-419
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  1. Family Channidae (Snakeheads)
  2. pp. 420-421
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  1. Family Paralichthyidae (Sand Flounders)
  2. pp. 422-425
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  1. Family Achiridae (American Soles)
  2. pp. 426-428
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  1. Appendix I. Nonindigenous Fishes Collected but Not Established
  2. pp. 429-434
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  1. Appendix II. Marine Fishes Occasionally Encountered in Fresh Water
  2. pp. 435-436
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 437-442
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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  1. About the Contributors
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781683400615
MARC Record
OCLC
1029498630
Pages
488
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-26
Language
English
Open Access
No
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