Cailliet, Gregor and others. Fishes. Wadsworth, 1986. “A Field and Laboratory Manual of Their Structure and Natural History” (titlepage).
Dalrymple, Byron. Complete Guide to Game Fish. Van Nostrand, 1981. “A Field Book of Fresh and Saltwater Species” (titlepage).
Goode, G. Brown. Game Fishes of the United States. Winchester, 1973. Comprehensive, well-illustrated descriptions; first published 1879.
Herald, Earl S. Living Fishes of the World. Doubleday, 1961, 1975. Emphasis on less popular fish; arranged by species, then structure.
McClane, A. J., ed. McClane’s Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of North America. Holt, 1978. Arranged by popular name. Companion: McClane’s Field Guide to Saltwater Fishes of North America.
Nelson, Joseph S. Fishes of the World. Wiley, 2d ed., 1984. Classic classification.
Ommanney, F. D. and others. The Fishes. Time-Life, 1970, 1977. Superior illustrations, appendixes of facts, and text on fish biology and commercial use.
Robins, C. Richard and G. Carleton Ray. A Field Guide to the Atlantic Coast Fishes of North America.Houghton, 1986. Covers 1000 species. Excellent companion to: A Field Guide to Pacific Coast Fishes of North America (1983).