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In "Fishes of the Wakarusa River in Kansas," James E. Deacon provides a detailed and comprehensive exploration of the captivating aquatic world that thrives within the Wakarusa River. Deacon's expertise and passion for his subject shine through in this informative and engaging book.

The author opens the book with an introduction that sets the context for his work, highlighting the significance of the Wakarusa River as an ecological hotspot. We quickly learn that Deacon's intention is not only to educate readers about the various fish species found in this river but also to emphasize the importance of conservation efforts and the preservation of this unique habitat.

The organization of the book is commendable, with each chapter dedicated to a different species or group of fish. Deacon delves into detailed descriptions of each fish, including their physical attributes, habitat preferences, behavior, and reproduction patterns. He combines scientific knowledge with an accessible writing style, making even the most complex information approachable for both amateur enthusiasts and experts in the field.

One of the book's strengths lies in its use of vivid imagery. The inclusion of numerous color photographs allows readers to fully appreciate the stunning diversity and beauty of the fish species discussed. Additionally, Deacon accompanies each photo with concise captions that enhance our understanding of the fish's unique characteristics.

Another notable aspect of "Fishes of the Wakarusa River in Kansas" is Deacon's inclusion of personal anecdotes and observations. These anecdotes not only provide the reader with an engaging narrative but also create a sense of connection between the author and his readers. Deacon's passion for his subject matter becomes infectious, inspiring readers to appreciate and protect the fragile ecosystem of the Wakarusa River.

One minor critique of the book is its occasional reliance on scientific jargon, which might overwhelm readers who are less familiar with the terminology. However, Deacon's explanations and definitions within the text often alleviate these concerns, making the book accessible to a wide audience.

Overall, "Fishes of the Wakarusa River in Kansas" is a well-researched and captivating book that explores an often-overlooked aspect of the natural world. James E. Deacon's expertise and enthusiasm shine through, making this book both educational and enjoyable. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the fascinating world of aquatic life and conservation efforts in the Wakarusa River.

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UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Volume 13, No. 6, pp. 309 322, 1 fig. February 10, 1961

Fishes of the Wakarusa River in Kansas

BY

JAMES E. DEACON AND ARTIE L. METCALF

(Contribution from The State Biological Survey, and from the Department of Zoology of The University of Kansas)

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS LAWRENCE 1961

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS PUBLICATIONS, MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Editors: E. Raymond Hall, Chairman, Henry S. Fitch, Robert W. Wilson

Vol. 13, No. 6, pp. 309 322, 1 fig. Published February 10, 1961

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Lawrence, Kansas

PRINTED IN THE STATE PRINTING PLANT TOPEKA, KANSAS 1961

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Fishes of the Wakarusa River in Kansas

BY

JAMES E. DEACON AND ARTIE L. METCALF

(Contribution from The State Biological Survey, and The Department of Zoology of The University of Kansas)

Introduction

The Wakarusa River rises in the eastern edge of the Flint Hills and flows approximately 50 miles in an easterly direction and empties into the Kansas River near Eudora; with its tributaries, the Wakarusa drains 458 square miles in parts of Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Osage, and Douglas counties of northeastern Kansas (Fig. 1). The average gradient is 6.3 feet per mile. Turbidity is consistently more than 100 ppm in the lower portions of the mainstream and major tributaries, but is usually lower in the upper portions of tributaries... Continue reading book >>




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