C of I museum curator releases Idaho fishes book

Dr. Donald W. Zaroban, the Curator of Fishes at The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History, has released the new book "Native Fishes of Idaho." The book, co-authored by the late Richard L. Wallace and published by the American Fisheries Society, is a complete study of Idaho’s native fishes, documenting the ecological status of more than two-dozen species for the first time. It is available for purchase ($35 for AFS members, $50 for non-members) at the Orma J. Smith Museum inside Boone Science Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell, or online at

Native Fishes of Idaho is a 213-page, full-color paperback account of 44 taxa (species, subspecies, and morphotypes) of fish native to Idaho. Of these, 25 have no previous defined studies of their distribution or ecological attributes in Idaho. The account for each taxon contains descriptions of the physical attributes, distribution, habitat, diet, ecology and Idaho conservation status. The book also includes illustrations of species, distribution maps and references.  

Zaroban will attend a book signing at 5 p.m. April 27 at Sockeye Brewing in Boise. The book also will be available in the American Fisheries Society catalog in May. To learn more about Zaroban’s role at the Orma J. Smith Museum and the museum’s impressive collection of animals and fish fossils, visit  

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit