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McClane's Field Guide to Saltwater Fishes of North America McClane's Field Guide to Saltwater Fishes of North America
A Project of the Gamefish Research Association
by Albert Jules McClane

"The most outstanding among this guide's many strengths are its clear, concise writing in the description of each fish, and the strikingly life-like, full-color artistic renditions of most of the fish. The fish are organized by family; so where there are related species on the Atlantic and Pacific sides (e.g., among sea bass), the book does jump somewhat to and fro. However, with its thorough index and vivid illustrations, any saltwater angler should be able to locate that "mystery fish" in McClane's within less than a minute." - A reader

A Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes : North America A Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes : North America
(Peterson Field Guides)
by C. Richard Robins, G. Carleton Ray, John Douglass (Illustrator), Robins Ray Douglass

"This book is a perfect resource for fishermen, scientists, environmentalists and anyone who would like to learn more about fish and how to identify them. The book has beautiful color and black & white illustrations of thousands of fish. The illustrations can be used to quickly identify fish species "in the field". In addition to field identification keys, the book also details the geographical range, habitat, standard sizes, and a variety of other information regarding every species of fish that can be found from the Florida to Maine, deep seas to coastal estuaries." - A reader

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical
Marine Fishes

Of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda
by C. Lavett Smith, National Audubon Society

Focusing on the marine fishes of the tropical waters of the western Atlantic, this guide covers approximately 1,200 species, with some 400 color photographs arranged by body shapes and keyed to full text descriptions. Also provides brief coverage of another 800 species.

Saltwater Game Fishes of the World : An Illustrated History Saltwater Game Fishes of the World : An Illustrated History
by Bob Dunn, Peter Goadby
Fishes of the Atlantic Coast Fishes of the Atlantic Coast
Canada to Brazil, Including the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean
by Gar Goodson

"Colour photos of the most common fishes that swim off the Atlantic coast of North, Central, and South America. The information provided includes the fishes' living range, edibility, and if they harbour any toxins. The book can fit into a pocket, and is printed on glossy paper." - A reader

Fishes of Chesapeake Bay Fishes of Chesapeake Bay
by Edward O. Murdy, Ray S. Birdsong, John A. Musick

"This comprehensive treatise enables users to identify 267 species of fish found in Chesapeake Bay through a system of keys to the orders, to the families within orders, and to the species within families. Written by biologists affiliated with either academic institutions or the National Science Foundation, it offers illustrations from the Smithsonian Institution archives." - Library Journal

Sport Fish of Florida Sport Fish of Florida
by Vic Dunaway

The good, the bad, the ugly - for the very first time, they're all here together in a book of their own, a book that illustrates and describes virtually every kind of fish an angler in Florida - or the Bahamas or Caribbean Islands - could expect to find on the end of a line. In this book you'll find the scoop on every hook-and-line species from the mightiest Marlin to the lowliest Lizardfish, along with advice on how to catch each one and how good it is to eat.

Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico
by Vic Dunaway, Kevin R. Brant (Illustrator)

"This book is an excellent reference guide for identifying gulf and bay fishes... 185 fish are pictured in all, including sharks, stingrays, baitfish, and a number of other fish that may be encountered even though they are not normally thought of as sportfish." - A reader

Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico
Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters
by H. Dickson Hoese, Richard H. Moore

Contains color identification plates, keys to fish families, and descriptions of each family and species of fish inhabiting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Fishes of the Pacific Coast Fishes of the Pacific Coast
Alaska to Peru, Including the Gulf of California and the Galapagos Islands
by Gar Goodson

"An excellent reference guide with beautiful full color illustrations of approximately 450 fish." - A reader

A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes
(Peterson Field Guides)
by Eschmeyer Herald Hammann, Roger Tory Peterson
Coastal Fish Identification : California to Alaska Coastal Fish Identification : California to Alaska
by Paul Humann, Howard Hall (Photographer), Neil McDaniel (Photographer)
Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest Coastal Fishes of the Pacific Northwest
by Andy Lamb, Phil Edgell
Hawaii's Fishes : A Guide for Snorkelers, Divers, and Aquarists Hawaii's Fishes : A Guide for Snorkelers, Divers, and Aquarists
by John P. Hoover

"It's a guidebook and more. In addition to providing basic nuts and bolts information on Hawaiian fish likely to be encountered while prowling the reef, Hoover includes many tidbits culled from ancient Hawaiian stories and fishing lore and hints for aquarists. Hawaii's Fishes also includes chapters on the state's undersea environment, fish anatomy, and where to snorkel and dive." - Hawaii Tribume

Fishes of the Bahamas and Adjacent Tropical Waters Fishes of the Bahamas and Adjacent Tropical Waters
by James E. Bohlke, Steven P. Gigliotti (Illustrator), Charles C. G. Chaplin (Contributor)

A classic originally published in 1968 and relied upon since by recreational divers and marine scientists to identify the hundreds of inshore fish species found in the Caribbean and West Atlantic.

The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands
by Robert J. Lavenberg (Contributor), Jack Stein Grove, Jean-Michel Cousteau

"Provides an identification guide for visitors to the region, a reference for scientists, and a baseline for future assessment of possible environmental degradation in the islands. All species are illustrated, with a total of 151 color photos and 364 b&w photos and illustrations. Natural history, habitat, Pacific range, size, and systematics of each species are highlighted." - Book News

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