by Brian A. Metzke, Brooks M. Burr, Leon C. Hinz Jr., Lawrence M. Page and Christopher A. Taylor
University of Illinois Press, 2022
Cloth: 978-0-252-04414-4 | eISBN: 978-0-252-05308-5
Library of Congress Classification QL628.I3M48 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 597.09773

Lake Michigan, winding creeks, sprawling swamps, and one of the world’s great rivers--Illinois’s variety of aquatic habitats makes the Prairie State home to a diverse array of fishes. The first book of its kind in over forty years, An Atlas of Illinois Fishes is a combination of nature guide and natural history. It provides readers with an authoritative resource based on the extensive biological data collected by scientists since the mid-1850s. Each of the entries on Illinois’s 217 current and extirpated fish species offers one or more color photographs; maps depicting distributions at three time periods; descriptions of identifying features; notes on habitat preference; and comments on distribution. In addition, the authors provide a pictorial key for identifying Illinois fishes.

Scientifically up-to-date and illustrated with over 240 color photos, An Atlas of Illinois Fishes is a benchmark in the study of Illinois’s ever-changing fish communities and the habitats that support them.

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