Fishes of Indiana

Fishes of Indiana

A Field Guide
Thomas P. Simon, illustrated by Joseph R. Tomelleri
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 05/23/2011
Format: Paperback 240 color illus., 133 b&w illus., 227 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-22308-1
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Indiana has more fish species than any other state north of the Ohio River. This rich variety of fish fauna is on display in this informative and beautifully illustrated guide. From the large freshwater species like the Paddlefish, Lake Sturgeon, and Mooneye, to Great Lakes species like the whitefish, Lake and Brook trout, and Longnose sucker, this book has them all—plus lesser-known species and a few thought to have disappeared from the state. Each species is represented by a descriptive entry containing diagnostic information, conservation status, habitat preferences, diet, reproductive biology, and other facts to assist in identification; a map showing the geographical distribution of the species across Indiana; and a taxonomically accurate and precise illustration.

Author Bio

Thomas P. Simon, Ph.D., has published more than 150 scientific papers and 10 books on the natural history and ecology of North American freshwater fishes. He is a Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Science and former Director of the Indiana Biological Survey.

Joseph R. Tomelleri is a scientific illustrator.


“A rich assortment of 227 fish, from freshwater to Great Lakes species, in one enlightening and beautifully illustrated guide.”

“The book's breakdown and detail is thorough and complete.June 14, 2011”
 — Evansville Courier & Press

“All in all the book is great. June 2011”
 — North American Native Fish Association Forum

“Whether you've been fishing all your life or are wanting to learn, Fishes of Indiana is a field guide that you might want to consider taking along next time you're fishing. August 21, 2011”
 — The Herald Times

“Every state should have a fish book like this. . . . This volume is compact to work as a field guide but could also be useful in reference collections in the area as the information and pictures are detailed. . . . [T]his is a recommended title for academic and large public libraries in the Midwest region of the United States.”
 — American Reference Books Annual

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Species List of Indiana Fishes
Introduction: Purpose and Plan of the Book
How to Use This Guide

Indiana: Fishes and Waters
Waters of Indiana and Fish Associations
Field Study and Collection of Fishes
Preservation of Fishes for Study
Names of Fishes
Identification of Fishes

Methods for Identifying Fishes
Methods for Counting and Measuring Fish Traits
Distinguishing Characters and Pictorial Guide to Early Life History Stages of Fish Families
Key to the Families of Indiana Fishes
Family and Species Accounts of Indiana Fishes Including Keys
Top 10 Fishing Spots in Indiana Lakes and Rivers

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