Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
Preface, pp. ix-x PDF (623.3 KB)
Preface The idea of a fish book took root in the late 1940s when I became aware that there was no single up-to-date work available on the fishes of Wisconsin-a state renowned for its lakes, streams, and fishing. The need for a Fishes of Wis- consin became obvious when I began teaching ichthyology in the early 1960s and discovered that to properly identify the many species scattered in Wisconsin waters, I had to consult a number of reference books and texts, since there was no single work providing adequate keys and other identification information. Source books to which I had to make constant reference were Fishes of the Great Lakes Region by Hubbs and Lagler (1964), Northern Fishes by Eddy and Surber (1947), Iowa Fish and Fishing by Harlan and Speaker and keys by R. M. Bailey (1956), and The Fishes of Illinois by Forbes and Richardson (1920). I began making fish collections in 1958, and in the early 1960s the program was greatly expanded with the help of teams of students. Each team, working in a designated area of the state, brought the collections of preserved fishes into the university laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and with my help sorted, identified, and recorded them. The master sheets for these col- lections provided the bases of the distribution maps for the species. Many speci- mens from the collections contributed to the establishment of a division of fishes in the Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The thousands of specimens housed in the museum form the core of the present study. After the completion of my Inland Fishes of the Lake Michigan Drainage Basin in early 1976, I began pulling together the species accounts for the Fishes of Wiscon- sin. A wealth of information was available in Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources research reports and technical bulletins, most of which dealt with sport species. I searched the literature to provide a basic life history for each species, including behavior and ecological requirements. I learned that for many nongame species very little is known. Unfortunately some of these are rare not ix
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