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"Written at a highly academic level, this book will be best for readers who are in the biological discipline of ichthyology or studying to go into that field."

"This definitive monograph is essential for all libraries supporting teaching and research in vertebrate zoology."

"This handsome volume represents the beginning of an ambitious project. If volume 1 is any indication, it will be a thorough compendium of worthwhile knowledge about all species of domestic freshwater fishes in the US, Canada, and Mexico... When completed, the three-volume set will be the most authoritative work on freshwater fishes in North America."

"This is an outstanding book in ichthyology... It is an essential reference source... Undoubtedly one of the best in its field."

"If Ross is the textbook, this is the encyclopedia. But is this the "Jordan and Evermann" of comprehensive North American freshwater fish biology? With some caveats, the analogy is close and the answer is 'yes.'"

"An excellent review of the North American freshwater fish families Petromyzontidae to Catostomidae, and the publishers, editors, authors and illustrators should be commended... [will] appeal to a readership ranging from academics, scientists, anglers and anyone with an interest in freshwater fish in North America."

"This is the first volume of a highly anticipated three-volume set that may be the most important fish books on North American fishes produced in the last decade... Any one of the chapters is worth the price of the book. Every ichthyologist interested in the North American freshwater fish fauna should have it on their shelf."

"At a time when we assume that we can search and find whatever information we need via internet search engines, it is comforting to pick up a book, carefully assembled to represent the current state of knowledge on this important group of fishes, and just read. I encourage everyone—Tolle Lege (take up and read)."

"With this book, the editors have initiated the formidable task of compiling an extensive resource that incorporates these diverse species... Biologists, researchers and other specialists in a variety of fields contributed to thoroughly researched chapters that include lovely illustrations and photographs... Students and researchers in a variety of disciplines including ecology, genetics, evolutionary biology and marine biology will find that this title serves as an excellent reference tool and gateway to further research."