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Alabama State Freshwater Fish

Largemouth bass - click to see all state fish symbols
Largemouth bass photo from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Harry S. Truman Lake. All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass video

The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides)* was designated the official state freshwater fish of Alabama in 1975 (the fighting tarpon is the state saltwater fish of Alabama). Adult largemouth bass are active predators in the aquatic ecosystem, feeding on other fish and large invertebrates (such as crayfish). Large bass will also prey upon smaller bass. This black bass (an elongated sunfish) lives in quiet, vegetation-rich waters and can grow to over 20 inches and weigh over fifteen pounds.

Largemouth bass illustration - click to see more state fish
Largemouth bass sketch by Duane Raver / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. See All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.

The largemouth bass is also a state symbol in Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi. Most states recognize fish or sealife symbols - see list of 50 state fish symbols.

*Alabama legislation erred by incorrectly identifying the largemouth bass by the Latin name Micropterus punctulatus (Spotted Bass).

Largemouth bass - click to see all state fish
Largemouth bass photo © Brian Jorg / CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography; no use allowed without a license (contact CritterZone for commercial application license).
See All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.
Source:
Alabama Emblems & Symbols: Alabama Archives & History
Official Alabama Freshwater Fish: ADAH AL Archives-History
Links:
All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols


    

 

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