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Freshwater Fishes

Fish Diversity Poster
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Art by Jean Gawalt

From small, rarely seen species of darters to large game fish like salmon and muskellunge, New York's waters are home to an incredible variety of freshwater fish species. Over 165 fish species inhabit the state's 7,800 lakes and ponds and 52,000 miles of rivers and streams, providing New York with one of the richest fish faunas in the nation.

In order to cover the diversity of New York's freshwater fishes, we offer both the Freshwater Fishes of New York series and the Freshwater Fish Gallery (images). In addition, we will be posting fish atlas maps of New York through Spring 2013. These maps will provide a general overview of the distribution of each of New York's fishes. Please enjoy exploring about New York's freshwater fish.

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