RE: NANFA-- Re: Stoneroller fry found - key for fry/larvae

Hoover, Jan J ERDC-EL-MS (
Tue, 22 May 2001 13:56:01 -0500

Here are a few other excellent guides to the identification and ecology of
larval fishes:

Wallus, R.L., B.L. Yeager, and T.P. Simon. 1990. Reproductive biology and
early life history of fishes of the Ohio River Drainage. Volume I -
Acipenseridae through Esocidae. Tennessee Valley Authority, Chatanooga, 273

Kay, L.K., R. Wallus, and B.L. Yeager. 1994. Reproductive biology and early
life history of fishes of the Ohio River Drainage. Volume II -
Catostomidae. Tennessee Valley Authority, Chatanooga, 242 pp.

Mansueti, A.J. and J.D. Hardy, Jr. 1967. Development of Fishes of the
Chesapeake Bay Region: An Atlas of Egg,Larval, and Juvenile Stages. Port
City Press, Baltimore, 202 pp.

There is also a paperback guide to the larval fishes of the upper
Mississippi River by Leslie Holland-Bartels but I do not have the reference
available to me now. It used to be sent free on request.

These are not as comprehensive (speciose) as the Mid-Atlantic Bight Series,
but are well illustrated, well-referenced, well-written, and very handy if
you are working in these respective regions. They are also fairly

> << This is an interesting track - my cousin, a marine biologist for the
> of Louisiana, mentioned to me once that there was no key for identifying
> fish fry/larvae - he wanted one because he was doing plankton analysis. I
> replied that it was probably IMPOSSIBLE. Doctoral project, anyone? >>
> There are actually quite a few larval fish keys around. I have a set
> are 6 volumes) called Development of Fishes of the Mid-Atlantic Bight An
> Atlas of Egg, Larval and Juvenile Stages. It's published by the U. S. Fish
> and Wildlife Service Biological Services Program 1978.

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