Featured Native Fish Information Resources
Splendid darter, Etheostoma barrenense
© William Roston
The NANFA Riparian Zone webpage
from the Latin word ripa, which means bank. Riparian zones are areas of
transition between aquatic and upland ecosystems, and they offer numerous, yet often
overlooked, benefits to wildlife and people. Although
riparian zones comprise a small proportion of the total landscape, they are among
the most diverse biological systems on earth. As our
population increases, there will be increased pressures to use riparian areas for a
variety of commercial and recreational purposes. It is vital that we all become
involved in the conservation and restoration of these areas.
The Nature Conservancy Natureserve Explorer
A source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000
plants, animals and ecological communities of the United States and
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Management Offices - State, Territorial, and Tribal Wildlife Agency Web Pages
Native Fish Links
There are so many web sites with useful information that it is impossible to list them
all. Here are a few recommended starting points. Most have links to other sites.
But first, a big NANFA "Thanks!" goes to Joseph Tomelleri. Through his exquisite
artwork, Mr. Tomelleri has drawn the world's attention to the beauty of the native fishes
of North America. We are proud to have him as a NANFA member and friend, and we ask that you
americanfishes.com website, where you can view
and purchase his artwork. This is not a paid advertisement, and NANFA does not
receive any money from these sales. We just want to say "Thanks!"
We also want to share another fantastic artist's website, and thank
him for supporting NANFA. Loucas Raptis, from Victoria, British Columbia, has created
natural history illustrations for books, color posters, government publications,
periodical covers and articles. From 2000-2005, he is producing a series of limited
edition prints of the freshwater fishes of Vancouver Island.
Information on North American Fishes and Aquatic Ecology
Other Valuable Sites and Organizations
"The plight of freshwater mussels is a prime example
of the decline of aquatic habitats and the species that inhabit them. "
Kevin Cummings and Christine Mayer, Illinois Natural History Survey,
Decline of Freshwater Mussels in Illinois
Photo © M.C. Barnhart; used with permission
Southwest United States Fishes
Devils Hole, NV. Photo by Tom Webster
A Few Other Native Fish Pages
Some Regional Fish Lists and Information