Content tagged with "Fishes"

Longnose Gar

Image of a longnose gar fish
Lepisosteus osseus
The longnose gar is the most widely distributed gar in Missouri, found in nearly every major stream and impoundment in the state. It typically inhabits sluggish pools and backwaters of streams and deeper open water areas of lakes. More

Mountain Madtom

Color illustration of Mountain Madtom
Noturus eleutherus
This small catfish is rare and endangered in Missouri. It has been recorded from only a few locations in the southeastern portion of the state. More

Muskellunge

Muskellunge
Esox masquinongy
Long and slender, with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, this big, non-native pike is stocked in selected lakes in the Ozark region and near St. Louis. More

Neosho Madtom

Neosho Madtom
Noturus placidus
This endangered species is the smallest catfish in Missouri, where it lives under rocks in riffles or runs, in the clear water of Spring River in Jasper County. More

Niangua Darter

Photograph of a Niangua darter
Etheostoma nianguae
Two small, jet-black spots at the base of the tail fin distinguish this small fish from the more than 30 other darters found in our state. Known from only a few tributaries of the Osage River, this dainty and colorful fish is a nationally threatened species. More

Northern Brook Lamprey

Ichthyomyzon fossor
While the odd group of eel-like fish known as lampreys are famous for being fish parasites, one whole group of them is completely nonparasitic: Brook lampreys are essentially bottom feeders. The northern brook lamprey is a great example from Missouri. More

Northern Hogsucker

Image of a northern hogsucker
Hypentelium nigricans
One of the most abundant and widely distributed stream fishes in the Ozarks, the northern hogsucker has a large, bony, square head. The mouth is at the tip of snout on the bottom; the lips are highly protrusable and covered with bumps. There are usually four dark crossbars. More

Northern Pike

Color illustration of the northern pike, a long, narrow game fish
Esox lucius
The largest pike native to Missouri, the northern pike can be more than 4 feet long and weigh more than 40 pounds. Missouri is on the southern edge of the range of this species. Because of its rarity here, it is of little importance as a game fish. More

Northern Rock Bass (Goggle-Eye)

Image of a northern rock bass
Ambloplites rupestris
Thicker-bodied than most other sunfish with large mouth and very large eyes. Spiny dorsal fin with 12 spines broadly connected to soft dorsal fin. More

Northern Studfish

Image of a Northern studfish
Fundulus catenatus
Among the prettiest of our native topminnows, this species has silvery or brownish sides with numerous horizontal streaks and dashes. Males in breeding condition have electric blue sides with horizontal red lines and their heads and fins are decorated with reddish spots. More