Bowfins (Amiidae) - Introduced

Bowfin silhouette.

This primitive family has a diverse fossil record, but only one species still exists. Bowfin grow quickly and, although not territorially aggressive, will attempt to eat any other fish that is less than half their size.

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Bowfin (Amia Calva) - Introduced

Male and female bowfins.


Text and images adapted from Jacobs, R. P., O'Donnell, E. B., and Connecticut DEEP. (2009). A Pictorial Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut. Hartford, CT. Available for purchase at the DEEP Store.