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Missouri State Fish:

Channel catfish mouth & whiskers - click to see all fish symbols
Photo of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) by Brian Gratwicke
on Wikipedia. See All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.

Channel Catfish

See channel catfish video below

Missouri designated the channel catfish as the official state fish in 1997. The most numerous catfish species in North America, with an average size between 2 and 4 pounds, the channel catfish can grow to 50 pounds or more (the world record was a channel catfish caught in South Carolina weighing 58 pounds).

The channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) can be found in rivers, reservoirs, natural lakes, and ponds throughout the United States. Omnivores with a very keen sense of smell and taste, a channel catfish actually has taste buds distributed over the entire surface of its body, especially concentrated on the 4 pairs of barbels (whiskers) surrounding the mouth. These sharp senses allow the channel catfish to find food in dark or muddy water.

Drawing of channel catfish - click to see all state fish
Channel catfish drawing by Duane Raver from USFWS Digital Library.
See All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.
Source:
Missouri State Symbols - State Fish: Missouri Kids
Channel catfish: Wikipedia.org
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