Content tagged with "Fishes"

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Western Lesser Siren

Siren intermedia nettingi
The western lesser siren is an eel-like, aquatic salamander with external gills, small eyes, small forelimbs with four toes, and no hind limbs. In Missouri, it’s found mostly in the Bootheel and northward near the Mississippi River.

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Western Mosquitofish

Gambusia affinis
This fish is in the livebearer family, along with many popular aquarium fish such as guppies, mollies and swordtails. They share the same general body shape, and, like the others, have internal fertilization and bear live young.

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White Bass

Morone chrysops
Other Names: Striped bass, striper, streaker, silver bass, sand bass. Silvery, spiny-rayed elongated fish with several dark horizontal streaks along the sides. Back is blue-gray with silvery reflections. Sides are silvery with a faint blue-green tinge and several horizontal olive-gray streaks.

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White Crappie

Pomoxis annularis
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 5-10 often faint vertical bars. The upper jaw is long, reaching past the middle of eye.

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White Sucker

Catostomus commersoni
A smaller-bodied sucker with fine scales, the white sucker has a short dorsal fin and lips covered with small bumps. Its coloration makes it almost invisible when resting on a gravel stream bed.

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