Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes Daniel Gotshall

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Published: June 18th 2012

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Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes  by  Daniel Gotshall

Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes by Daniel Gotshall
June 18th 2012 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 363 pages | ISBN: | 5.70 Mb

Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes - 5th edition has evolved from the first edition originally released in 1981. In the first edition I described 126 species of fishes that are found from Southern Alaska to Baja California. This fifth edition describes 214MorePacific Coast Inshore Fishes - 5th edition has evolved from the first edition originally released in 1981. In the first edition I described 126 species of fishes that are found from Southern Alaska to Baja California. This fifth edition describes 214 species, which include 21species of cartilaginous fishes (i.e.

chimaeras, sharks, skates and rays) and 193 species of bony fishes.Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes was and is designed for the use of divers, snorkelers, naturalists, students, marine biologists, underwater photographers and, to a certain extent, sport anglers.Conservation of marine fishes is strongly urged in the introduction as many species, particularly rockfishes have been over exploited by sport and commercial fisheries.

I point out that one of the best long lasting methods of protecting and enhancing these threatened species is through the use of marine protected areas (MPAs). Within the last few years California has established many MPAs along its coast.The pictorial key to the fish families is designed to help the reader find the family of the fish that needs to be identified. The key can also be used as a quick, simple index. After each family of fishes, I give a short description of the members of that family that helps separate them from other families, as well as indicate where in the world they are found, including the number of known species worldwide.The narrative for each species includes primary characters that usually will separate the fish to be identified from similar species.

The maximum recorded size can also be used to narrow down the species identification, as well as the geographic and depth range, i.e. a fish that has only been recorded to range to Monterey Bay probably is not the fish you observed in Ft. Bragg. For those fishes that change color and or shape during their lives, such as the wrasses when they change from juvenile to female and finally end up as male, I have included photos of those changes.A short bibliography is included containing recommended additional publications to help in identifying near-shore marine fishes from this area of the Pacific Coast.



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