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Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles

Field / Identification Guide
High-quality images and line drawings
Important distinguishing features highlighted
Otoliths of many common species
How to tell similar species apart
Geographical range
Seasonal occurrence
Commercial and recreational fishing
British rod-caught records
Every resident species illustrated

By: Peter A Henderson (Author), J Robin Somes (Editor)

321 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps

Pisces Conservation

Paperback | Jan 2015 | #221459 | ISBN-13: 9781904690634
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £24.99 $31/€28 approx

About this book

Identification Guide to the Inshore Fish of the British Isles, by Dr Peter Henderson of Pisces Conservation is a comprehensive photographic guide to the coastal fish of the British Isles. The book is aimed at anglers, marine biologists, ecologists and students interested in British fish.

For most species, the book has a double-page spread with a series of images and drawings showing all the key features, and the text presenting information on size, colour, diagnostic features, similar species, distribution and life history, commercial and recreational fishing, and human consumption. The introductory chapters and glossary provide invaluable background knowledge and information.

Most of the photographs in the book have been taken by Pisces Conservation staff, showing actual specimens as they are likely to be encountered, rather than an idealised image. The species are arranged into chapters featuring one or several families; the larger chapters each have a key to distinguish individual species.

A total of 178 species of fish are given a full description, with over 100 other species mentioned in the text. It is the definitive guide to the British marine fish, and will also be invaluable for users all round northern Europe.


1. Hagfish & Lampreys
2. Sharks
3. Angel Sharks, Rays & Skates
4. Sturgeons
5. Eels
6. Herrings
7. Smelts
8. Salmon & Trout
9. Lightfish & Dragonfish
10. Opahs
11. Codfishes
12. Anglerfish
13. Mullets
14. Silversides
15. Needlefish
16. Dories
17. Sticklebacks, Pipefish & Seahorses
18. Sea Scorpions, Gurnards & Seasnails
19. Gobies
20. Sandeels
21. Wrasses
22. Breams
23. Bass & Sea Perches
24. Jacks, Scads & Pomfrets
25. Drums, Red Mullets & Bandfish
26. Arctic Blennies, Wolf-Fish, Eelpouts & Butterfish
27. Dragonets, Blennies & Weevers
28. Mackerels & Tunnies
29. Blackfish & Boarfish
30. Clingfishes
31. Flatfish
32. Sunfish & Triggerfish

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