New AFS Black Bass Publication Available Spring 2015
The trilogy of black bass symposium publications is now complete. The latest book in the series dedicates 47 chapters to the biological, ecological, genetic, and management concerns of endemic basses within the genus Micropterus, with special emphasis on their conservation needs. Despite their geographically restricted natural ranges and unique life histories, many of these basses have garnered little attention from scientists over the years – more research studies have been completed within the last ten years than in the previous one hundred! Much of the knowledge gained from this recent work is presented in the new book.
Prior to the 2012 symposium, only nine species of black bass were recognized across North America. However, in 2013, several new basses were advanced in the literature as species candidates, e.g., Warrior Bass and Chattahoochee Bass. In this book, three additional cryptic taxa – i.e., the Choctaw Bass, Bartram’s Bass and the Cuatro Ciénegas Bass – are characterized with molecular and/or morphological techniques. Threats to the diversity and genetic integrity of these and other endemic black basses, caused by fish introductions and subsequent hybridization, are also detailed.
Multiple conservation and habitat restoration projects are highlighted for vulnerable populations of Guadalupe, Shoal, and Redeye Bass in their native stream habitats. As detailed in Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation, several black bass species have real conservation needs that must be addressed to prevent them from going extinct.
Announcements will be made this spring on the AFS List Serve, Website, and Newsletters when the book becomes available.
In addition to hard copy books, AFS will offer PDF downloads of individual book chapters.
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