College Station: Texas A & M UP, (1998. second edition). Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.
The main focus in this book is the rich marine fauna of the northwestern Gulf—Texas and Louisiana bays and continental shelf. Besides the species profiled in individual accounts, identification keys include fishes more commonly found in the northeastern Gulf, along the southeastern U.S. Atlantic coast, or in tropical waters, making this guide widely useful to anglers, divers, students, and naturalists in adjacent Gulf states and Mexico. Keys also cover deeper-dwelling fishes sometimes known to occur closer inshore and some freshwater species also found in low-salinity waters such as estuaries. An expanded section of color plates with 225 new photographs offers the first means of approaching identification of an unknown species of fish. From there one can go to the family or species keys or directly to the species account. Text for each species account gives distinguishing characteristics, distribution, life history information, and reference. Sections on ecology and conservation have also been updated to include the results of recent and ongoing studies. An added feature is the inclusion of alternate common names (including Cajun and Spanish terms) for some fish, in addition to the standard scientific and common names recognized by the American Fisheries Society.
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