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By William J. Matthews

Approximately a decade in the past i started making plans this booklet with the objective of summarizing the prevailing physique of information on ecology of freshwater fishes in a fashion just like that of H. B. N. Hynes' finished treatise Ecology of operating Waters for streams. The time appeared applicable, as there were a number of contemporary volumes that synthesized a lot info on various themes vital in fish ecology, from biogeographic to neighborhood scales. for instance, the "Fish Atlas" (Lee et aI. , 1980) had supplied variety maps and easy access to the unique literature for all freshwater fishes in North the US, and in 1986 Hocutt and Wiley's Zoogeography of North American Fishes supplied an in depth synthesis of almost every thing identified approximately distributional ecology of fishes on that continent. Tim Berra (1981) had summarized in handy map shape the global distribution of all freshwater fish households, and Joe Nelson's 1976 and 1984 variations of Fishes of the realm had seemed. to enrich those "big photograph" perspectives of fish distributions, the amount on group and Evolutionary Ecology of North American Freshwater Fishes, edited through David Heins and myself (Matthews and Heins, 1987), had supplied a chance for greater than 30 contributors or teams to summarize their paintings on move fishes (albeit typically for warmwater systems).

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