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Wisconsin is defined by water, bounded by Lakes Michigan and Superior
and the Mississippi River. Even the name Wisconsin is thought to have
originated from the Ojibwe name for river.
If all of Wisconsin's streams and rivers were placed end to end, they
would measure 42,000 miles long, enough to encircle the planet one and
a half times.
Common in W.
Mississippi River backwaters; it is rare on inland waters. It is also
found in ponds and lakes, preferring quiet water.
Plants, Fishes, Invertebrates, Amphibians, and Reptiles
by Michael A. Miller, et al
University of Wisconsin Press, 2014
This is a field guide to the myriad life forms present in the riparian
areas of the state of Wisconsin. It includes photos, descriptions and
taxonomic details on plants, invertebrates, fishes, crayfishes, mussels
and clams, amphibians and reptiles. Mammals are not included and
specific locations are not mapped or discussed.
Organization of the guide is based largely on taxonomy, from kingdom,
phylum and class to order, family, genus and finally, species.
"Most plants and animals in the book are described at the species
level, but some are described at the family level or at higher
taxonomic levels," lead author Michael A. Miller explains.
to The Nature Pages
Common statewide. Larvae
are found in streams, especially woodlands, and inhabit slow-moving
water on bank vegetation, snags, or undercut banks. They are moderately
toilerant of organic pollution and are predators.
Uncommon. Adults inhabit
the open waters of the Great Lakes. Postlaval sea lampreys feed on the
blood of commerically important species such as lake trout, salmons,
lake whitefish, and other fish species for nearly a year before
reaching sexul maturity. Adult lampreys then migrate from the Great
Lakes into tributary streams to spawn.