In the preface the authors note that they developed this book “in response to a need for a comprehensive, current, and compact field guide to fishes of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.” The authors certainly have achieved this goal with this informative and user-friendly guide. This text will prove beneficial to a wide audience, ranging from scientists to fishermen.

The book is organized into three sections: Introduction, Families, and Species. The first section is a brief (8 p.) but informative and well-written introduction that a general audience will find useful. It includes information on topics such as diversity and classification, adaptations to life in water, tips for identifying fishes, and conservation. The portion on identifying fishes will be particularly helpful to a general audience because it includes colorful illustrations of various pigment patterns found on fishes (with associated descriptive names),...

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