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Paperback Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters, Second Edition Book

ISBN: 0890967679

ISBN13: 9780890967676

Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters, Second Edition

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Revised in both format and content, this new edition of the standard Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico is based on two decades' research and greater attention to deepwater habitats. The authors have revamped the taxonomic nomenclature for more than forty species and included new photos and information obtained from dives around reefs and new offshore oil structures. Other habitat conditions have changed because of severe freezes, hurricanes, intensive...

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This is an excellent text for the professional (or near professional) to use in identification of fishes in the Gulf. It is NOT for the beginner, and if you are a beginner you will be disappointed due to the technical layout and terms in this book. Additionally, I think the artistic illustrations by Dinah Bowman are FANTASTIC, but of course I am slightly biased because she is my mother. :)

Not for beginners, but good

Good for biologists and wanna be/soon to be biologist. Has useful fish species keys, pretty good key to families too, decent descriptions & definitions. Pictures of some species leaves something to be desired (especially some of the sharks, which turn out to be fish mounted on walls). Doesn't cover juvenile differences well, but most people are looking at adults anyway.

Fishes of the gulf of Mexico

This book is literaly THE FISH BIBLE. It is not for a novice but for fishing it is the BEST money can by. I know alot of marine biologist that swear by it. IT IS GREAT FOR TEXAS COAST.

For the biologist

This book IS NOT a fun book about the fishes you are going to see while fishing or SCUBA diving. If you want that for this area try Peterson's Field Guide or Dr. Bob Shipp's Guide. It IS the definitive treatise on the systematics and identification of all fish one can find in the described area (Texas, Louisiana and adjacent waters). While I give five stars to this book I would not recommend it to any but the most serious of amateurs (professionals already know about it). Before you open it you need to know what a dichotomous key is and how to use it. The pictures are there for confirmation, not identification. It is laid out with an excellent introduction that explains all of the necessary terminology then jumps into how to identify any fish caught to the family level. After identification of the family it gives a key to that family and a brief (it has to be, there are several hundred fish mentioned) description of each species. That is what a field guide does Within it's scope this is the best one available.

absolutely the best fish guide for the gulf of mexico

This is a one of a kind book that allows the lay-fisherman to identify any fish he comes across in the Louisiana and Texas gulf coast. It has been hard to find, and I am delighted to see it listed here with you.
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