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A Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes: North America North of Mexico (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – January 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395910919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395910917
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

DR. LAWRENCE M. PAGE is curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. He is also principal scientist emeritus for the Illinois Natural History Survey's Center for Biodiversity, and an affiliate professor at the University of Florida.


Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.


DR. BROOKS M. BURR is a professor in the department of zoology, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and is an affiliate scientist of the Illinois Natural History Survey. Dr. Page and Dr. Burr have extensive field experience and have published numerous papers on the freshwater fishes of North America.


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Text is far too brief.
Paul Vecsei
This book finishes the trio that covers all of the fishes likely to be encountered by a North American fisherman, diver or naturalist.
Currahee
The color illustrations are very poor.
Vivaldi Guy

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Currahee on October 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
It might interest the reader of this review (since your looking at the book) to know that while fresh water only represents about 1% of the available aquatic habitat on earth over half of the known species of fish live in it. I'll leave it up to you to find out why. Peterson Field Guides have a winning formula, find an expert, set them up with a good illustrator and see what comes out. This book finishes the trio that covers all of the fishes likely to be encountered by a North American fisherman, diver or naturalist. Like the Fishes of the Atlantic Coast and the Fishes of the Pacific Coast it is well organized, well written, all inclusive (of species) and as informative as space will allow. If you are curious about fishes in general or encounter fresh water fish with any kind of regularity you owe it to yourself to find out what they are. And, if you live in North America you should have this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1998
Format: Paperback
This volume by Page and Burr is the definitive guide to freshwater fishes of North America, written by two leading ichthyologists. The illustrations are excellent, the distribution maps are useful, and the data are precise. If you're looking for a fieldguide to freshwater fishes, buy this one before any other.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is by far the best field guide for freshwater fishes in North America. Each description of the fish are accurate and the plate drawings are great.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Schlote on November 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has informed me on the many fishes I catch ranging from California to New York. Every year when I go down to Arkansas I alwyas bring it with me on my fishing journeys so that I no whati am catching. It has over 700 illistrations and over 300 maps. In all of my searching for book this has been the most helpful book I have used. I recamend buying it for yourself. It will help you alot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jenny K. on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Great book with lots of pictures of species. I hoped that there would be photos for EACH species of fish but there was not. Each fish is documented though even if there is no picture for each. Many species are shown. I still have to give it 5 stars. This book is a great size too. It is not oversized. Perfect for travel.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Do not expect more than ID from the book. It is excellent at ID but that is all you will get for sure. I bought it for ID and it serves the purpose very well. One must also question the range maps since as explained in the text of the book they are compromised.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dean Davis on February 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I perform wildlife surveys for corporations all over the east coast. Half the weight of my equipment is Peterson Field Guides, which give me quick and easy identification of flora and fauna found and often eliminates the need for dicotomous keys and microscope work. This particular guide has helped me puzzle out a lot of small fish I come across. Well written, excellant illustrations, an important part of my library.
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this Peterson Field Guide is a solid and handy review of US freshwater fishes, but with limited scientific details and life histories due to size constraints.
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