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Ichthyology

Ichthyology is the study of fishes. In Alberta today, there are about 51 native and 8 introduced fish species with known, self-sustaining populations. The status of a few other rarely encountered species is uncertain. Diverse freshwater habitats occur in the Province, including streams and lakes typical of mountain, boreal forest, aspen parkland, and prairie environments. Nine river systems drain the province to the Arctic Ocean, Hudson Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Although several fish range throughout Alberta, many species are restricted to specific habitats or drainages. Much of Alberta, particularly the north, is remote and difficult to access. It is these remote, previously unstudied, areas that have been the focus of much of the collecting and research in the Ichthyology Program.

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