Content tagged with "Fishes"

American Eel

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Anguilla rostrata
The American eel is considered an uncommon catch by Missouri sport anglers. This species is known to take natural baits and rarely takes artificial baits. More

Arkansas Darter

Arkansas Darter Male
Etheostoma cragini
This small, rare perch lives in shallow, spring branches and spring-fed creeks with sandy bottoms and mats of watercress. More

Banded Sculpin

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Cottus carolinae
This rather strange-looking freshwater fish belongs to a family and an order whose members are mostly marine—and indeed, the banded sculpin looks quite a bit like its cousins, which sometimes end up in saltwater aquariums. More

Bighead Carp

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Hypophthalmichthys nobilis
This invasive Asian carp is not as frequent a jumper as its cousin, the silver carp, but it also leaps from the water when disturbed, threatening boaters' safety. More

Bigmouth Buffalo

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Ictiobus cyprinellus
Missouri's largest sucker, the bigmouth buffalo is also known as "gourdhead" and "redmouth buffalo." More

Black Bullhead

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Ameiurus melas
This catfish is also known as mud cat, black catfish, yellow belly bullhead and horned pout. More

Black Carp

Mylopharyngodon piceus
This large, invasive carp from Asia eats mussels and snails and can damage populations of native mollusks. It is illegal to transport live black carp across state lines. More

Black Crappie

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Pomoxis nigromaculatus
Also called "papermouth, "bachelor perch" or just "crappie," this popular panfish is deep bodied and strongly compressed laterally (slab-sided). The sides are silver with an irregular pattern of dark speckles. The upper jaw is long, reaching past the middle of the eye. More

Blackspotted Topminnow

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Fundulus olivaceus
This sleek, swift little fish lives in the quiet, clear sections of rivers mostly south of the Missouri River. Topminnows have a habit of skimming along just beneath the surface of the water. More

Blackstripe Topminnow

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Fundulus notatus
A slender, elongated shape makes for a sleek, swift fish. Topminnows have a habit of skimming along just beneath the surface of the water. More