RE: NANFA-L-- New North American Fish Reference

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Fri, 2 Dec 2005 12:17:16 -0600

Many references provide comprehensive descriptions of the North American
ichthyofauna. Rick Mayden and colleagues compiled a complete species list
for the 1992 book "Systematics, historical ecology, and North American
freshwater fishes." Mel Warren and co-workers provided a taxonomic list with
distributional information and a judgement on conservation status for
southern species in a 2000 article for the AFS magazine "Fisheries." Most
regional fish books include etymological derivations of scientific names and
conservation status for local fishes.

I did not know, however, of a single reference that concisely summarized
etymology, geographic distribution, conservation status (in every state) for
ALL North American taxa - until now -

"Annotated Checklist of North American Freshwater Fishes, Including
Subspecies and Undescribed Forms" provides that summary in an attractive

Its complete, up-to-date, informative, well-written, beautifully organized,
and easy-to-use. This is a resource that anyone who has any interest in
native fishes will appreciate and consult when reading or writing about North
American species.

Check it out when you get the chance.

- Jan Hoover
Vicksburg, MS
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