Some of the most notorious invasive fishes actively spreading throughout North America are the Bigheaded Carps, Hypophthalmichthys nobilis and H. molitrix (also known as Asian Carps, but more on this later in the review). The explosive jumping behavior of H. molitrix and dramatic increase in numbers of both species has landed them in the headlines of numerous newspapers and television networks. They are dominant species in much of the Mississippi Basin, and are now heading for a showdown in Chicago, the last stop before invading the Great Lakes. Ichthyologists, fisheries managers, federal agencies, state agencies, anglers, etc. are all concerned about the impacts of Bigheaded Carps on aquatic ecosystems. However, there is a great deal of information and misinformation being spread around about these species. Bigheaded Carps: A Biological Synopsis and Environmental Risk Assessment does an excellent job of bringing a wealth of information together into one reference and making...

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