Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version

February 1995


Published in Great Plains Research 5:1 (February 1995). Copyright © 1995 The Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Used by permission.


This useful and attractive book is a much needed second edition of The Fishes of Alberta, first published in 1970. It is expanded and improved from the first edition and will be an essential reference for biologists working with the fishes of Alberta and surrounding areas, for those interested in the distribution of freshwater fishes in North America, and for anglers and the interested public as well.

The Fishes of Alberta is organized into two main sections. An introductory section has chapters on various types offish habitat in the different river basins and regions of Alberta, fish management and culture practices in Alberta, a brief outline of limnology and fish biology, the post-glacial dispersal of fishes into Alberta, the species concept and a checklist of Alberta fishes, evolution and fossils, and the use of keys and definitions. Much of this material, although expanded from the first edition, is relatively brief and will be of interest mainly to anglers and interested non-professionals. It is clearly written and well illustrated, although some of the pictures, such as those of hatchery operations and numerous river channels, seem unnecessary.