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Florida State Freshwater Fish

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

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass video

The Florida largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides floridamus) was designated the official state freshwater fish in 1975. This black bass (an elongated sunfish) lives in quiet, vegetation-rich Florida waters and can grow to over 20 inches (and weigh over fifteen pounds).

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

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.

The Florida largemouth bass is distinguished by a deep notch in the dorsal fin - It can reach a length of more than twenty inches and weigh more than fifteen pounds. The largemouth bass is also a state symbol of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Largemouth bass - click to see all fish symbols
Largemouth bass photo © Brian Jorg / CritterZone:
Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography
Copyrighted image - no use allowed without a license
(contact CritterZone for commercial application license).
Source:
Florida Facts: Office of Historical & Cultural Programs
Largemouth Bass: TX Parks and Recreation
State Freshwater Fish - Largemouth Bass: Florida OHCP
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