Fishes of the central United States / Joseph R. Tomelleri & Mark E. Eberle ; illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri ; foreword by Frank Cross.

By: Tomelleri, Joseph RContributor(s): Eberle, Mark EMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c1990Description: xv, 226 p., [52] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 27 cmISBN: 070060457X (alk. paper); 9780700604579 (alk. paper); 0700604588 (pbk.); 9780700604586 (pbk.)Subject(s): Freshwater fishes -- Middle West | Freshwater fishes -- Great Plains | Fishing -- Middle West | Fishing -- Great Plains | Fish | United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Fishes of the central United States.DDC classification: 597.092/978 LOC classification: QL628.M53 | T66 1990
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-219) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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This curious work is devoted to the fishes of the central US, an area that apparently includes, according to the endpaper map, the entire Mississippi River watershed. As Frank Cross indicates in the foreword, the book is intended to be an "intellectually satisfying lay publication" rather than a scientific treatise. While Tomelleri (fish illustrator, naturalist) and Eberle (Fort Hays State Univ.) provide no information about how to tell one species from another, they do include interesting life history and folklore information about many species, genera, and families. From an academic viewpoint, the real value of this book lies in the outstanding colored plates drawn by Tomelleri. This edition (1st ed., 1990) contains 250 illustrations (87 new to this work). They include almost all of the common species, and are accurate and helpful for identification purposes. For ichthyology students, the illustrations should be used to support standard textbooks such as The Diversity of Fishes by G. Helfman, B. Collette, and D. Facey (2nd ed., 2009). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates and general readers. J. C. Briggs emeritus, Oregon State University

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