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National Museum of Natural History: Division of Fishes
Site provides information on the Division's staff, their research, and the history of the collection. Search the database of fishes for species information and figures or link to other fish-related websites. Also provides information on borrowing procedures. Read about the R/V Albatross' Philippine Expedition, a 2.5 year aquatic resources survey of the Philippine Islands that supplied a large number of specimens to the museum.
Grade Level: High school

Bony Fishes
Sea World informational resource on bony fishes. Excellent introduction to bony fishes including information on their classification, habitat, physical characteristics, diet, reproduction, and much more. Includes photographs and illustrations throughout, and features a spreadsheet showing the different subclasses and the number of species found within each. Site also provides a comprehensive list of books about bony fishes for the younger reader.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Bridge DATA: Tuna
The bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) is one of the most impressive fish in the oceans. Not only is it one of the largest and fastest fishes, but it can also fetch one of the highest market prices. Its enormous economic value combined with its life history characteristics make it vunerable to overfishing. This activity examines international fishing levels for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division

Explore it! Fish
Species profiles of 10 common, and often less-publicized, Great Lakes fishes. Each profile describes the fish's length, weight, coloring, common names, and preferred habitat. Site also discusses its creator, Cliff Kraft, and why he selected these 10 particular species. Profiles include: the lake sturgeon, lake herring, brook stickleback, brook trout, longnose sucker, deepwater sculpin, spottail shiner, siscowet, logperch, and lean lake trout.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Project Oceanography Fish Ecology Lesson Plans
Several entry-level activities that examine the morphology of fishes, including body shape, scale and skin characteristics, coloration, mouth orientation, and fin shape.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

FishBase
Massive database offers descriptions, data and images for 28,800 fish species in more than 6 languages. Search by scientific name, common name, or for information by: fish family, ecosystem, biological topic, country or island, among others. Individual species entries provide classification, habitat and distribution, morphological description, biological information, human uses, population status, references and many more details. Also has a larval fish database and a guide to learning & teaching ichthyology using this online source.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Bridge DATA - Fish Communities
Compare and contrast fish communities, diversity and habitats in U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries.
Grade Level: High school

Fish FAQ
Northeast Fisheries Science Center answers your question regarding all things fish. Hundreds of fish and other marine fauna questions are answered in the FAQ section. Site also links to several external fish FAQs, as well as other internal and external resources, including kids sites, fish images, species synopses, how to age a fish. The site also features a glossary of fish terms and insight into the different ways fish are caught.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

NOVA Online: Kingdom of the Seahorse
Companion web site to the NOVA program originally broadcast on April 15, 1997. Everything you wanted to know about seahorses and an interview with Amanda Vincent, seahorse biologist. Site provides background information, population threats, and species information complete with photographs. Also features links to external resources for additional information.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

REEF Fish Survey Database
REEF's mission, to educate and enlist divers in the conservation of marine habitats, is accomplished primarily through its Fish Survey Project. Access marine fish species distribution and abundance data for coastal U.S. waters or view data summaries for the Great American Fish Count. Site also provides information on sea turtle and exotic species sightings, National Marine Sanctuaries, and volunteer opportunities.
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division,Undergraduate upper division,Graduate or professional


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