Bowfin Amia calva Linnaeus, 1766  Synonyms: Mudfish.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Actinopterygii   >   Order Amiiformes   >   Family Amiidae   >   Genus Amia   

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According to SERC, "Bowfins are as native to the southern part of the Chesapeake Basin, the Potomac, Rappahannock, York, and James River systems, and introduced through stocking into the Susquehanna River and Upper Bay tributaries. They were stocked as a sport fish, although this is limited, and as a predator to thin out stunted stocks of sunfish. They have been introduced in 16 states in the eastern and Midwestern U.S. They are generally rare in Chesapeake Bay and can be confused with the recently introduced Northern Snakehead."

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A Bowfin (right) caught in the Florida Everglades (12/2006). Photo by Jon Corcoran. (MBP list)


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