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Image of a bowfin
Amia calva
The bowfin is the only living species remaining in its family. Its closest relatives appear as fossils that lived 180 million years ago. More

Bowfishing Clinic Catches

Bowfishing Clinic Catches
Hunter Walters (l) is all smiles as he proudly holds his catch, a 20-pound Buffalo, while Thomas Ricketts (r) holds his 12-pound Buffalo. New to bowfishing, both boys shot their fish after a morning spent learning bowfishing skills during the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Discover Nature Basic Bowfishing youth clinic on May 4 at Truman Lake State Park. Despite cold and rainy weather, nine kids participated in the clinic and learned bowfishing safety, techniques and regulations. The event was a cooperative effort between MDC and Missouri Whitetails. Sponsors included AMS Bowfishing, Muzzy, Bowfishing Extreme and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. More

Broad-Headed Skink

Photo of Broad-headed skink on ground among leaves
Plestiodon laticeps
This large, harmless, smooth-scaled lizard lives along the edge of forests and woodlots. It often makes its home in a large dead tree, sometimes using abandoned woodpecker holes or other cavities. More

Brook Silverside

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Labidesthes sicculus
Also known as "needlenose," "stick minnow," and "skipjack," this little fish is very active in the daytime and on bright, moonlit nights. More


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Pituophis catenifer sayi
Missouri's largest snake may hiss loudly and vibrate its tail when alarmed, but it is nonvenomous. This species is extremely valuable in controlling destructive rodents. More


Ellipsaria lineolata
The butterfly is one of the most beautiful of Missouri’s mussels. More

Cajun Dwarf Crayfish and Swamp Dwarf Crayfish

Image of a cajun dwarf crayfish
Cambarellus puer and C. shufeldtii
Our two species of dwarf crayfish are both reddish brown to gray, with a paired series of dark, wavy stripes or dashed lines along the dorsal surface. In Missouri, these species are found in the lowlands of the southeast or the Mississippi River floodplain. More

Calico Crayfish

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Orconectes immunis
This rather plain, gray-green crayfish--usually only found in the northern half of the state--has a pale central zone along the middle of the carapace and abdomen. The pincers are orange-tipped, and in mature males are tinged with purple. More

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with MDC

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Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day with MDC in Kirksville

MoNASP in Kirksville
The all day event on Sept. 27 is free and open to the public. More