502 pages, Col illus, b/w illus, figs, tabs, maps
First published in 1976, this completely revised edition incorporates a vast amount of new information and creates a fresh synthesis of the historical data. It treats both native and introduced species, first in a key for identification, and then in individual species accounts covering characteristics, taxonomy, names, distribution, and life history. Each account includes the author's personal assessment of how well the species is doing and problems associated with its management.
This is an authoritative and broad survey on the fishes inhabiting California's inland waters. Professionals and amateurs will find valuable information on the ecology of California's six major drainages and the 132 fish species, both native and exotic, that call them home. Population distributions, life histories, social behavior, and feeding habits are all meticulously examined.... At the same time, Moyle highlights those critical differences that make each species indispensable and worthy of protection.... Moyle includes excellent species-specific illustrations.-from "Ten Books Every California Naturalist Should Own," California Wild
Preface Acknowledgments Conversion factors Distribution patterns Ecology Change A conservation strategy Identification Key to the Inland Fishes of California Lampreys,Petromyzontidae Sturgeons,Acipenseridae Herrings,Clupeidae Minnows,Cyprinidae Suckers,Catostomidae Bullhead catfishes,Ictaluridae Smelts,Osmeridae Salmon and trout,Salmonidae Pupfishes,Cyprinodontidae Livebearers,Poeciliidae Color plates follow page Killifishes,Fundulidae Silversides,Atherinidae Sculpins,Cottidae Sticklebacks,Gasterosteidae Surfperches,Embiotocidae Striped basses,Moronidae Sunfishes,Centrarchidae Cichlids,Cichlidae Mullets,Mugilidae Perches,Percidae Gobies,Gobiidae References Index
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Peter B. Moyle is Professor of Fish Biology at the University of California, Davis; author of Fish: An Enthusiast's Guide (California 1993); and coauthor of Fishes: An Introduction to Ichthyology (4th edition, 2000), Methods for Fish Biology (1990), and Distribution and Ecology of Stream Fishes of the Sacramento - San Joaquin Drainage System, California (1982).