Paperback / softback
March 5, 2013
9781421407685
English
360
251 color illus., 2 maps
8.50 Inches (US)
5.50 Inches (US)
1.45 Pounds (US)
1.45 Pounds (US)
$26.95 USD, £20.00 GBP
v2.1 Reference

Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay

The only comprehensive field guide to the Chesapeake's fishes, this book is an indispensable resource for both anglers and students of the Bay. Vivid illustrations by Val Kells complement the expertise of researchers Edward O. Murdy and John A. Musick. They describe fishes that inhabit waters ranging from low-salinity estuaries to the point where the Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Key features of this field guide include
full-color illustrations of more than 200 species
text that is presented adjacent to illustrations for easy reference
detailed descriptions of physical characteristics, range, occurrence in the Bay, reproduction, diet, and statistics from fisheries research
spot illustrations that highlight critical features of certain fish
illustrations of juveniles when they look different from adults
appendices that include identification keys

Formatted as a compact field guide for students, scientists, researchers, and fishermen, Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay should be a standard passenger on any boat that plies the Chesapeake's waters.

About the Authors

Edward O. Murdy is the director of the National Science Foundation office in Tokyo, Japan. John A. Musick is the Marshall Acuff Professor Emeritus in Marine Science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary. Val Kells is a marine science illustrator who has contributed to a long list of publications, including A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Reviews

"A must have for those with an interest in the fishes of the region."—Ian Paulsen, Birdbooker Report

"Finally! A truly comprehensive and well-illustrated field guide to the fishes of the Chesapeake Bay is available."—Wendy Gilbert, Mariner Chesapeake

"Director of the National Science Foundation office in Tokyo, Murdy and Musick catalogue fish . . . in the largest of US estuaries . . . The information is oriented towards fishing, and the excellent drawings by marine science illustrator Val Kells are not fanciful in-habitat creations, but aids for identifying the species of the fish in the bottom of the boat."—Reference and Research Book News

"The only comprehensive field guide to the Chesapeake's fishes, this book is an indispensable resource for both anglers and students of the Bay."—Northeastern Naturalist

"[Kells] is meticulous in her detail that makes her final product scientifically accurate so that her images can be used by scientist and the public alike. Anyone with an interest in the Chesapeake Bay and its fishes will find her work invaluable as a resource."—Marine Environmental Research Corporation

"Field Guide to the Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay will enrich the time anyone spends on the waters of the Chesapeake . . . The science is solid as it should be from two veteran ichythologists, but it also carries an engaging human touch that brings each species to life."—John Page Williams, Chesapeake Bay Magazine

"Overall, a very useful guide to fish of this region."—Choice

"The new Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay will enrich the time anyone spends on the waters of the Chesapeake."—Chesapeake Bay Magazine

"The authors accomplished what they set out to do and did it well. Those with an interest in fishes of the Chesapeake region should buy the book: they won't be sorry."—Willliam D. Anderson, Jr. , Copeia

"Field Guide to Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay will enrich the time anyone spends on the waters of the Chesapeake, from the freshwater head of tide on the rivers to the salty Virginia Capes and the Atlantic. The science is solid, as it should be from two veteran Bay ichthyologists, but it also carries an engaging human touch that brings each species to life through brief but informative paragraphs on where and how often it turns up in the Chesapeake, what it eats, and why it is important ecologically, commercially, and recreationally. This field guide will certainly find a place on my skiff."—John Page Williams, Senior Naturalist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

"Fishes of the Chesapeake Bay is an incredibly valuable and overdue update on the myriad species that now inhabit North America's largest estuary. This work is a must have for anglers, naturalists, scientists, outdoors people and anyone who just loves the Chesapeake Bay. Authors (and scientists) Murdy and Musick should be congratulated for such a comprehensive effort and the illustrations of artist Val Kells are nothing short of extraordinary."—Dennis Doyle, Bay Weekly

"Another outstanding field guide illustrated by Val Kells. This guide's illustrations and distinctive diagnostic characteristics are accompanied by life history information taken by the authors from their previous excellent text, Fishes of Chesapeake Bay. The dichotomous keys allow anyone to identify a fish to the family level and then the key to each of the families to the species level . . . A must for professionals, fishermen and the public who live in this area and adjacent areas and want to identify and learn about the 211 fishes described in detail."—Ron Kernehan, M.S., Ichthyologist and current research leader on studies of the inshore fishes of Lower Delaware Bay and the Delaware Inland Bays

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