Fishes in the Freshwaters of Florida is an essential identification guide to the 222 species of fishes in Florida's fresh waters. It includes recent discoveries, changes in taxonomy, marine species that enter Florida's fresh waters, and invasive species. Each species is presented with colour photographs, key characteristics for identification, comparisons to similar species, habitat descriptions, and dot distribution maps. The authors have surveyed the extensive historical fish collections in ten natural history museums, providing a complete picture of the diversity and distributions of Florida's fishes.
Fishes in the Freshwaters of Florida includes some of the world's favourite sport fishes found in the state, including the Tarpon and Largemouth Bass. It also features three species native only to Florida – the Seminole Killifish, Flagfish, and Okaloosa Darter – and the smallest freshwater fish in North America, the Least Killifish. Ranging from the Panhandle to the Everglades, Florida's freshwater habitats include springs, creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, marshes, and man-made canals.
As Florida's human population grows, the state's freshwater environments are being changed in ways that threaten its native fishes. Fishes in the Freshwaters of Florida provides important information on the diversity, distribution, and environmental needs of native species and the threat posed by nonindigenous species, helping us monitor and protect Florida's water and its aquatic inhabitants.
Robert H. Robins is collection manager for the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Lawrence M. Page, curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is coauthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, Second Edition. James D. Williams, research associate at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is coauthor of Freshwater Mussels of Florida. Zachary S. Randall is research and collection technician for the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Griffin E. Sheehy is executive assistant in the Director's Office and affiliate in the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
"The photographs, descriptions, and range maps published here are all but a road map to locating and identifying these fishes [...] An authoritative, incredibly useful, and much needed compendium of the fishes of Florida, and one that will guide many collecting trips for years to come."
– American Currents
"A great reference for both the beginner and the experienced freshwater fisherman."
– The Blade
"An excellent identification book."
– Species hunters
"A much-needed, comprehensive treatment of fishes inhabiting the fresh waters of Florida for the enthusiast and professional alike."
– Joseph M. Quattro, coauthor of Freshwater Fishes of South Carolina
"Excellent. Of particular value are the myriad of species identification tools provided. An important contribution to our understanding of North American fish diversity."
– Rebecca Blanton Johansen, Austin Peay State University