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"The book's breakdown and detail is thorough and complete." ―Evansville Courier & Press, June 14, 2011



"Every state should have a fish book like this.... This volume is compact to work as a field guide but could also be useful in reference collections in the area as the information and pictures are detailed.... [T]his is a recommended title for academic and large public libraries in the Midwest region of the United States." ―American Reference Books Annual



"Whether you've been fishing all your life or are wanting to learn, Fishes of Indiana is a field guide that you might want to consider taking along next time you're fishing." ―The Herald Times



"All in all the book is great." ―North American Native Fish Association Forum, June 2011

About the Author

Thomas P. Simon, Ph.D., has published more than 150 scientific papers and 10 books on the natural history and ecology of North American freshwater fishes. He is a Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science and former Director of the Indiana Biological Survey.

Joseph R. Tomelleri is a scientific illustrator.

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Product Details

  • Series: Indiana Natural Science
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253223083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253223081
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #624,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas P. Simon (1959- ) was born in southeastern Michigan. He earned academic degrees in Biology from The University of Michigan (BS), University of Wisconsin (MS), and the University of Illinois (PhD). His training in ichthyology was at the University of Michigan under Karl F. Lagler. He is a third generation academic descendent of David Starr Jordan tracing his lineage through Karl F. Lagler and Carl Hubbs. While at the University of Illinois he studied under Lawrence M. Page. For 25 years he was a Federal government scientist employed by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service. He was recognized as a National expert in biological assessment and criteria and environmental indicators. His research program includes applied research on the ecology and conservation of aquatic habitats with emphasis on North American freshwater fish and crayfish. He is a coauthor of the "Reproductive Biology and Early Life History of Fishes in the Ohio River Drainage" series and has published other books on topics including ecological health, biological indicators, Great Lakes wetland health, Fishes of Indiana, risk assessment, and crayfish conservation. His research emphasis is on solving practical problems in water pollution and resource management. His studies involve applied research focused on anthropogenically modified habitats affected by landscape change, contaminants, and watershed stressors. He is a a decorated medal recipient, life member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and American Fisheries Society, Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science, certified as a fisheries research biologist by the American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists, former Director of the Indiana Biological Survey, and recognized as outstanding Professor at The Ohio State University, FT Stone Laboratory (2011). He currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife Beth and children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh on June 11, 2012
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I've had the privilege of working with Dr. Simon on several projects and he is truly an expert in his field. This book is an absolute excellent resource for biologists and fisherman alike. Tomelleri's illustrations are expertly done. Anyone whose ever held a fish before can appreciate his careful attention to detail with each species. Dr. Simon discusses the national history of Indiana, methods for field study and collection, techniques for preserving specimens, identification and taxonomy, and even includes the top fishing hot spots for popular sport fish like Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Striped Bass.

As a Bio-Science technician and aspiring research scientist I swear by this book. With Dr. Simon's reference I've learned to identify dozens of fish species and this has helped to immensely increase my utility in the field during research projects. Whether you're interested in Midwest fish species or Indiana alone there is no book better than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TBerg on December 8, 2011
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The Fishes of Indiana book is an excellent field guide and reference book, both for diehard fishermen and casual anglers. It provides extensive information on all of the fish in Indiana with good illustrations, too. Definitely worth the money.
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This is a great guide for Indiana. I teach Fisheries Management at Vincennes University. My students liked it, but did wish it was a little larger, so the pages would stay open easier. The maps are very helpful and Simon's knowledge of the state is excellent. The identification key works well in the field and in the lab. It is easy to carry and keep in my vehicle or on my shelf. Comparing it to other state guides, I like it better than some (Illinois & Ohio), but it doesn't quite measure up to the detail of Fishes of Missouri, in terms of the key's diagrams. But if you are in Indiana, I don't think you will find anything that can match this book's coverage. It should work well in neighboring states as well.
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