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National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fishes 2nd ed. Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0375412240
ISBN-10: 0375412247
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From the Inside Flap

Covering both freshwater and saltwater species, this fully revised edition brings a new level of accuracy and usefulness to the original fishes field guide published over 20 years ago.
Over 700 new full-color photographs, 286 black-and-white illustrations, and 637 maps combine to make this book the most comprehensive field guide available to the fishes of North America.
-635 species covered in detail, with notes on 771 more
-723 full-color identification photographs
-286 black-and-white illustrations
-Visual organization of species photographs by shape for easy identification
-Range map for each species
-Glossary of useful terms

About the Author

The revision authors are James D. Williams, Research Associate, Florida Museum of Natural History, and Carter R. Gilbert, Curator Emeritus of Fishes of the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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Product Details

  • Series: National Audubon Society Field Guide
  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 2nd ed. edition (May 21, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375412247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375412240
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Edson B. Waite on January 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been buying two NAS Field Guides for my grandson each year for the past five years. One for his birthday and one for Christmas. I love these books and use many of my copies regularly to identify everything I find and don't know what it is. I want my grandson to be as keen on the earth and the world around him as I have been. This is another excellent field guide to keep him informed. An excellent book as are all the National Audubon Society's books.
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As with all NAS Field Guides , this a great book for identifying fresh and SALTWATER fishes (as is described in the product description) . This small book contains beautiful pictures and detailed descriptions of any species you may want to identify . Great for the fisherman , naturalist or those just interested in fish and/or the natural world around them . I own many of these NAS Field Guides on flora and fauna , that I have bought through the years, and they have been a great help when I have been in need to identify fish , birds or plants in my area or while vacationing. All of these books have been a joy to read .
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It's very thorough on what it does cover but I think it should have been split into several guides covering regional areas such as the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, the West Coast and inland freshwater areas. Because of the fact it tries to cover all areas in a single volume, it is not nearly as comprehensive as it could be had it been split up. I also think there could have been a more comprehensive set of color plates as a number of fish species described have no photo at all and some even have no line drawing.
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This book is thick but thorough. As other reviewers have said it should have been divided into two books: one for fresh water and one for salt water fish. Not sure how the binding will hold up long term given the thickness of the book. A bit too large to keep in the tackle box. Four star rating is due to the thickness of the book
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This book was purchased for my 12 year old daughter who is going to an Aquarium on a field trip. The content of this book was exactly what we were looking for but the binding/cover of the book is horrific!! The first time the book was opened the spine came apart as well as the pages started to separate. There is no way we can return it and obtain a new book prior to her field trip even if we wanted one. Had it not been for the binding, we would have given it five stars. Very disappointed!!!!
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This is a great field guide. Like most field guides, you can never have just one, but this is definitely a great one to have around. I was mislead to believe this was strictly a freshwater encyclopedia. It has both fresh and salt water, so that was a little disappointing, but very informative, well made, small, lightweight, and great clear pictures. Everything a field guide should be.
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The book, pictures, and information is great. Although, if it were me, I would split the book into two books. One for saltwater and one for North American freshwater fish. Many species of saltwater fish were missed and when I looked for the Snake-head (invasive species from Asia), it was not listed. These books are always excellent, but this particular publication could have been improved upon.
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As good as you will find. Compact enough to take fishing. Quality materials. Great pictures. Good for identifying what you have caught: helps to stay out of trouble! There are a lot or rules regarding fish these days. You better know what you can and cannot catch/keep and what they look like.
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