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Alabama Wildlife, Volume 2, Alabama Wildlife, Volume 2, 0817351310, 0-8173-5131-0, 978-0-8173-5131-1, 9780817351311,

Alabama Wildlife, Volume 2
Imperiled Aquatic Mollusks and Fishes
Edited by Ralph E. Mirarchi

Quality Paper
2004. 256 pp.
978-0-8173-5131-1
Price:  $29.95 s

Field guide to imperiled aquatic mollusks and fishes

Alabama has an exceptionally diverse array of aquatic animal species. A unique combination of climatic and hydrologic conditions—mild average temperature, abundant rainfall, and 77,000 miles of perennial and intermittent streams that flow over a complex geologic terrain—has provided ideal and diverse environments for aquatic communities. There are more species of freshwater mussels and snails in Alabama than in any other state, and Alabama boasts one of the richest fish faunas in North America. Unfortunately, many species are now extinct, extirpated, or gravely imperiled due to dam construction, unnatural water flows, stream channelization, sedimentation, stream-bed instability, and water pollution.
 
This volume focuses on those imperiled species of mollusks and fishes, presenting their common and scientific names, a detailed morphological description, full-color identification photographs and distribution maps, habitats, life history and ecological information, and the basis for their high level of conservation concern. It is, in one volume, a “report card” on the health of endangered populations of aquatic species and a field guide to their identification.

Ralph E. Mirarchi is former William R. and Fay Ireland Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management at Auburn University.
“Regardless of their abundance, each species is part of the gift that has been bestowed upon us. Each has its place, role, and function. As the most intelligent beings on this planet, and those capable of impacting it the most, we have been given the responsibility to allow other organisms their space and to understand their roles and functions as best we can.”
—from the foreword by Gary H. Moody, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries

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