Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-436) and index.
Part 1. Faunal origins, evolution, and diversity. Introduction ; Origin and derivation of the North American freshwater fish fauna ; Reshaping North American fish faunas : the role of late Cenozoic climatic and tectonic events
Part 2. Formation, maintenance, and persistence of local populations and assemblages. Responses of populations and assemblages to biotic and physical factors ; The formation and maintenance of populations and assemblages ; Persistence of fish assemblages in space and time
Part 3. Form and function. Morphology and functional ecology of the fins and axial skeleton ; Form and function in the feeding of fishes ; Life history and reproductive ecology
Part 4. Interactions among individuals and species. Communication among individuals ; Interactions in resource acquisition I : Niches, competition, and trophic position ; Interactions in resource acquisition II : Predation, avoiding predation, and predator effects on ecosystems ; Getting along : mutualism, facilitation, and coevolution
Part 5. Issues in conservation. Streams large and small ; Ponds, lakes, and impoundments.