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Marine Fishes of Florida

David B. Snyder and George H. Burgess

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The essential illustrated guide to Florida’s marine fishes.

The most comprehensive book about Florida's marine fishes ever produced, Marine Fishes of Florida includes hundreds of photographs and descriptions of species you'll encounter—plus many that are rare—when diving, snorkeling, kayaking, or fishing. Coverage includes both the Atlantic and Gulf coastline, from habitats near the shore to deeper waters. Fishes found in coastal rivers and other brackish waters are fully represented, as are offshore species that venture into Florida's waters often enough to be called "occasional visitors."

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The essential illustrated guide to Florida’s marine fishes.

The most comprehensive book about Florida's marine fishes ever produced, Marine Fishes of Florida includes hundreds of photographs and descriptions of species you'll encounter—plus many that are rare—when diving, snorkeling, kayaking, or fishing. Coverage includes both the Atlantic and Gulf coastline, from habitats near the shore to deeper waters. Fishes found in coastal rivers and other brackish waters are fully represented, as are offshore species that venture into Florida's waters often enough to be called "occasional visitors."

David B. Snyder and George H. Burgess intertwine personal observations with results from research studies to provide accurate—often surprising—details. The result is a set of beautifully succinct identification descriptions coupled with information about each species' natural history.

From the largest sharks to the smallest cryptic gobies, from homely toadfishes to the spectacularly colored reef fishes, this book is certain to help you better understand the fish you've seen or hooked.

Features of Marine Fishes of Florida include

Color photographs by leading marine photographers
Differentiation of adult and juvenile forms
Coverage of 133 fish families and hundreds of species
Size and geographical range data
Natural history and conservation notes
Explanations of geologic history and current habitats

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The most comprehensive book about Florida’s marine fishes ever produced, Marine Fishes of Florida includes hundreds of photographs and descriptions of species you’ll encounter—plus many that are rare—when diving, snorkeling, kayaking, or fishing.

... Fascinating for anyone wishing to learn about these fascinating animals. Libraries in the southeast United States, and any institution, including colleges and universities, with patrons interested in the lives of fish will find the reasonably priced volume worth having.

Recommended.

I applaud the authors for the their considerable effort and creativity in compiling this book devoted exclusively to marine fishes of Florida. The photos and detail presented in this book are both entertaining and informative... I think this book will be a great addition to the library of any biologist, fisher, diver or student, and I strongly recommend this book to anyone wishing to expand their knowledge of Florida fishes.

It is an engaging and informative introduction to the diversity of fishes off the Florida coast and more broadly could be used in a school setting to illustrate how marine ecosystems and species diversity are influenced by the physical elements of the environment and in particular geology and ocean currents.

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10
Pages
392
ISBN
9781421418728
Illustration Description
495 color photos
Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Lampreys (Petromyzontidae)
Nurse Sharks (Ginglymostomatidae)
Whale Sharks (Rhincodontidae)
Sand Tigers (Odontaspididae)
Thresher Sharks (Alopiidae)
Basking Sharks (Cetorhinidae)
Mackerel

Preface
Introduction
Lampreys (Petromyzontidae)
Nurse Sharks (Ginglymostomatidae)
Whale Sharks (Rhincodontidae)
Sand Tigers (Odontaspididae)
Thresher Sharks (Alopiidae)
Basking Sharks (Cetorhinidae)
Mackerel Sharks (Lamnidae)
Cat Sharks (Scyliorhinidae)
Hound Sharks (Triakidae)
Requiem Sharks (Carcharhinidae)
Hammerhead Sharks (Sphyrnidae)
Angel Sharks (Squatinidae)
Torpedo Electric Rays (Torpedinidae)
Electric Rays (Narcinidae)
Sawfishes (Pristidae)
Guitarfishes (Rhinobatidae)
Skates (Rajidae)
American Round Stingrays (Urotrygonidae)
Whiptail Stingrays (Dasyatidae)
Butterfly Rays (Gymnuridae)
Eagle Rays (Myliobatidae)
Cownose Rays (Rhinopteridae)
Mantas (Mobulidae)
Sturgeons (Acipenseridae)
Gars (Lepisosteidae)
Tenpounders (Elopidae)
Tarpons (Megalopidae)
Bonefishes (Albulidae)
Freshwater Eels (Anguillidae)
Morays (Muraenidae)
Snake Eels (Ophichthidae)
Conger Eels (Congridae)
Anchovies (Engraulidae)
Herrings (Clupeidae)
Sea Catfishes (Ariidae)
Lizardfishes (Synodontidae)
Codlets (Bregmacerotidae)
Codlings (Moridae)
Merlucciid Hakes (Merlucciidae)
Phycid Hakes (Phycidae)
Pearlfishes (Carapidae)
Cusk-Eels (Ophidiidae)
Viviparous Brotulas (Bythitidae)
Toadfishes (Batrachoididae)
Goosefishes (Lophiidae)
Frogfishes (Antennariidae)
Batfishes (Ogcocephalidae)
Mullets (Mugilidae)
New World Silversides (Atherinopsidae)
Old World Silversides (Atherinidae)
Flyingfishes (Exocoetidae)
Half beaks (Hemiramphidae)
Needlefishes (Belonidae)
New World Rivulines (Rivulidae)
Pupfishes (Cyprinodontidae)
Topminnows (Fundulidae)
Livebearers (Poeciliidae)
Squirrelfishes (Holocentridae)
Seahorses and Pipefishes (Syngnathidae)
Trumpetfishes (Aulostomidae)
Cornetfishes (Fistulariidae)
Snipefishes (Macroramphosidae)
Flying Gurnards (Dactylopteridae)
Scorpionfishes (Scorpaenidae)
Searobins (Triglidae)
Snooks (Centropomidae)
Wreckfishes (Polyprionidae)
Groupers (Epinephelidae)
Sea Basses (Serranidae)
Basslets (Grammatidae)
Jawfishes (Opistognathidae)
Bigeyes (Priacanthidae)
Cardinalfishes (Apogonidae)
Tilefishes (Malacanthidae)
Bluefishes (Pomatomidae)
Jacks (Carangidae)
Cobias (Rachycentridae)
Dolphinfishes (Coryphaenidae)
Remoras (Echeneidae)
Snappers (Lutjanidae)
Tripletails (Lobotidae)
Mojarras (Gerreidae)
Grunts (Haemulidae)
Porgies (Sparidae)
Threadfins (Polynemidae)
Drums and Croakers (Sciaenidae)
Goatfishes (Mullidae)
Sweepers (Pempheridae)
Sea Chubs (Kyphosidae)
Butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae)
Angelfishes (Pomacanthidae)
Hawkfishes (Cirrhitidae)
Damselfishes (Pomacentridae)
Wrasses and Parrotfishes (Labridae)
Stargazers (Uranoscopidae)
Triplefins (Tripterygiidae)
Sand Stargazers (Dactyloscopidae)
Combtooth Blennies (Blenniidae)
Labrisomid Blennies (Labrisomidae)
Tube Blennies (Chaenopsidae)
Clingfishes (Gobiesocidae)
Dragonets (Callionymidae)
Sleepers (Eleotridae)
Gobies (Gobiidae)
Wormfishes (Microdesmidae)
Dartfishes (Ptereleotridae)
Spadefishes (Ephippidae)
Surgeonfishes (Acanthuridae)
Barracudas (Sphyraenidae)
Snake Mackerels (Gempylidae)
Cutlassfishes (Trichiuridae)
Mackerels (Scombridae)
Swordfishes (Xiphiidae)
Billfishes (Istiophoridae)
Medusafishes (Centrolophidae)
Driftfishes (Nomeidae)
Ariommatids (Ariommatidae)
Squaretails (Tetragonuridae)
Butterfishes (Stromateidae)
Boarfishes (Caproidae)
Turbots (Scophthalmidae)
Sand Flounders (Paralichthyidae)
Lefteye Flounders (Bothidae)
American Soles (Achiridae)
Tonguefishes (Cynoglossidae)
Spikefishes (Triacanthodidae)
Triggerfishes (Balistidae)
Filefishes (Monacanthidae)
Boxfishes (Ostraciidae)
Puffers (Tetraodontidae)
Porcupinefishes (Diodontidae)
Molas (Molidae)
Appendix
Glossary
Index

Author Bios
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David B. Snyder

David B. Snyder is a senior scientist with CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. His photographs of fishes have appeared in numerous field guides and technical and popular publications.
George H. Burgess
Featured Contributor

George H. Burgess

George H. Burgess is coordinator of museum operations and director of the Florida Program for Shark Research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
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