Inland Fishes of Washington

ISBN-10: 0295983388

ISBN-13: 9780295983387

Edition: 2nd 2003

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Description: This new, updated, and greatly expanded edition of Inland Fishes of Washington (first published in 1979) describes all the known native and introduced fishes found in freshwater habitats of Washington State, including most of the fishes of Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. The authors have drawn on their many years of experiences in the field and the classroom to create a valuable reference for the general public, biologists, teachers, students, and environmental organizations.Inland Fishes of Washington includes:--Information on all 91 fishes found in Washington--Life history accounts apply to the majority of fishes in Idaho, Oregon, and British Columbia--103 color illustrations of Washington fish--73 state distribution maps of fishes--Keys for identifying specimens, with illustrative diagrams and instruction in basic methods of fish identification--Life history, and ecological information related to distribution, habits, and habitat, age and growth, reproduction, food, significance, and numerous references--Statistical tables showing population counts and record catches--A discussion of the importance of fish to Washington--Overview of conservation and management of fishery resources in inland waters and environmental issues related to water resources--References ranging from on-site, hands-on biological surveys to scholarly studies on morphologyAn overview of Washington's topography and natural provinces clarifies the influence of geographical, historical, economic, and political forces on the existence of freshwater fishes today. This wide-ranging study gives balanced coverage to nearly everything that is known about the appearance, distribution, growth, reproduction, consumption, and survival of these fish. Salmon, perhaps the most prized fish in the Northwest, are here placed within the context of the many other mutually supporting species that together make up the ecological network that sustains them all. Forces impacting fish populations--the presence of non-native and introduced fish, historical, and contemporary urgan development, the management of water resources--are also discussed.The book provides instruction on the basic methods of fish identification, with keys and illustrations that bring together the traits and forms most useful in idstinguishing species and subspecies. The keys follow a simple arrangement that progressively illustrates and discusses traits distinctive of each fish.The body of the book consists of the keys and life histories of the 91 species of freshwater fishes, covering habitat, food, age, and rate of growth, reproductive patterns, and economic significance. Pertinent references are cited in areas that range from on-site, hands-on biological surveys to scholarly studies on morphology, and from advice on angling to the economic impact of sportfishing. The environmental impact of both historical and contemporary urban development is noted, and both population counts and record catches are supported by useful statistical tables.The valuable information presented here benefits from the authors' firsthand experience in the field, their years of study and research, and their awareness of and access to the best investigative work being done today by biologists and researchers across the country.

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Book details

List price: $50.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 9.00" wide x 11.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 4.488
Language: English

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Key to the Families of Freshwater and Anadromous Fishes of Washington
Species Keys and Life History Accounts
Family Peteromyzontidae Lampreys
Family Acipenseridae Sturgeons
Family Clupeidae Herrings
Family Salmonidae Trouts (also Salmons, Chars, Graylings, and Whitefishes)
Family Osmeridae Smelts
Family Umbridae Mudminnows
Family Esocidae Pikes
Family Cyprinidae Carps and Minnows
Family Catostomidae Suckers
Family Cobitidae Loaches
Family Ictaluridae Bullhead Catfishes
Family Cyprinodontidae Killifishes
Family Poeciliidae Livebearers
Family Gadidae Cods
Family Gasterosteidae Sticklebacks
Family Percopsidae Trout-perches
Family Percichthyidae Temperate Basses
Family Centrarchidae Sunfishes
Family Embiotocidae Surfperches
Family Percidae Perches
Family Cottidae Sculpins
Family Pleuronectidae Righteye Flounders
Checklist and General Distribution of Fishes Found in Freshwater Habitats of Washington
Checklist and General Distribution of Fishes Found in Idaho
Checklist and General Distribution of Fishes Found in Freshwater Habitats of Oregon
Checklist and General Distribution of Fishes Found in Freshwater Habitats of British Columbia
Chronology of Fish Introductions into Washington State
Fishes Listed Under the Federal Endangered Species Act in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon
Fishes Listed Under State Statutes in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon
App. 8: Glossary
Conversion Factors (English to Metric System)
Two-Letter State and Province Abbreviations
Drainage Areas of Selected Washington Rivers
Washington State Record Fish Caught by Rod and Reel
North American and Foreign Record Game Fish Caught by Rod and Reel
Age and Growth of Fishes
References
Index
About the Authors
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