Fishes_in_the_Fresh_Waters_of_Florida_RGBFishes in the Fresh Waters of Florida: An Identification Guide and Atlas

By Robert H. Robins, Lawrence M. Page, James D. Williams, Zachary S. Randall, and Griffin E. Sheehy

This new book is an essential identification guide to the 222 species of fishes in Florida’s fresh waters. Presenting each species with color photographs, key characteristics for identification, comparisons to similar species, habitat descriptions, and dot distribution maps, this book provides important information to help us monitor and take care of Florida’s water and its aquatic inhabitants.

The five authors are researchers affiliated with the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. We hope you enjoy these behind-the-scenes photos that show their extensive fieldwork collecting and photographing fish for the book.

ZSR14-53_IMG_4199_ZRandallRobert Robins and James Williams seining the Indian River Lagoon, Valkaria, Florida. Photo by Zachary Randall.

Fish Slam 2017 eRobert Robins boat electrofishing, Canal L-67A, Broward County, Florida. Photo by Murray Stanford.

ZSR14-53_IMG_4196_ZRandallJames Williams and Robert Robins seining Kid Creek near its confluence with the Indian River Lagoon, Valkaria, Florida. Photo by Zachary Randall.

ZSR14-46_JimWilliams_RobRobins_LarryPage_IMG_3447_ZRandallJames Williams, Robert Robins, and Lawrence Page examining bag seine contents, Apalachicola River at Ocheese Landing. Photo by Zachary Randall.

ZSR15-03_Brown Bullhead3_Travis_TutenZachary Randall photographing a Brown Bullhead, Newnan’s Lake near Windsor, Florida. Photo by Travis Tuten.

IMG_3606Zachary Randall photographing a Florida Gar, Tomoka River, Volusia County, Florida. Photo by Robert Robins.

IMAG0489Robert Robins with Bullseye Snakehead, Hillsboro Canal, Broward County, Florida. Photo by Kenneth Krysko.

Welaka_Hatchery_ZRandallRobert Robins positioning a Gulf Sturgeon for photograph, Welaka National Fish Hatchery, Welaka, Florida. Photo by Zachary Randall.

IMG_4680_Rose_RobertsBook authors (left to right): James Williams, Lawrence Page, Zachary Randall, Robert Robins, and Griffin Sheehy. Photo by Rose Roberts.


Robert H. Robins is collections manager for the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Lawrence M. Page, curator of fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is coauthor of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, Second Edition. James D. Williams, research associate at the Florida Museum of Natural History, is coauthor of Freshwater Mussels of Florida. Zachary S. Randall is collection technician for the Division of the Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Griffin E. Sheehy is executive assistant in the Director’s Office and affiliate in the Division of Fishes at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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