Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 102, Issue 12, pp 1569–1571 | Cite as

A ‘cutt’ above the rest: theory, practice, and challenges of naming species of iconic trout

Reviewing: Cutthroat Trout: Evolutionary Biology and Taxonomy. Editors Patrick Trotter, Peter Bisson, Luke Shultz, and Brett Roper, American Fisheries Society Special Publication 36. $79.00. 362 pp, paper, index, ISBN-13: 978-1-934874-50-9. 2018
  • Thomas F. TurnerEmail author
Book Review

An encounter with a native Cutthroat Trout in a beautiful mountain stream is a rare and precious experience that ignites passion in anglers, outdoor enthusiasts, and scientists alike. For years, natural historians and biologists sought a logical and objective taxonomic framework that accounted for extensive phenotypic variation of Cutthroat Trout Oncorhynchus clarkii (Richardson 1836) observed across its geographic range in western North America. All the while, these iconic fish were propagated by the millions in hatcheries and transported en masseacross drainage boundaries to provide food and recreation for European settlers. At the same time, natural ecosystems were radically transformed to support agricultural, municipal and industrial development and mining. Coincident fragmentation and loss of instream and riparian habitat now threaten the persistence of trout. These interwoven contextual threads lend a sense of urgency to this book that emerged from a special workshop convened...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biology and Museum of Southwestern BiologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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