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Joe Quattro
Joe Quattro, an associate professor of biological sciences and marine science, conducts research on the genetics of marine species, particularly fishes and mollusks.

New book takes comprehensive look at state's fish

For someone well-versed on South Carolina’s 151 fish species, Joe Quattro admits that he has little time for recreational fishing.

But his loss is everyone else’s gain: the associate professor of biology was one of four authors who devoted some five years to create Freshwater Fishes of South Carolina, a new book published by USC Press. It’s the first comprehensive volume on the state’s fish population since before the Civil War.

“Our book is exhaustive: we used something like 250,000 location records.”

“There was a physician, J.E. Holbrook, who dabbled in natural science and wrote a book in the 1850s that attempted to catalog and describe the state’s fishes,” Quattro said. “Our book is exhaustive: we used something like 250,000 location records.”

Freshwater Fishes includes more than 350 photos, illustrations, maps, and charts that depict all of the state’s fish species and their range. The book also provides highly detailed descriptions of fish appearance and information on their habitats.

The book also includes state records for sport fish, as well as practical information for aquarists and others interested in collecting and studying native species.

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