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The Bowfin comes from a long line of ray-finned fish, stratching back to the Jurassic period. They have not distinctly evolved since that time.
  Bowfin Picture




Latin Name: Amia calva Conservation Status: Common
Distribution: Eastern North America

Estimated Size: 1 m

Estimated Weight: 7 kg  

The Bowfin has a very long dorsal fin, made up of individual rays. These freshwater fish are not a game fish at all, and is said to taste very bad. They will also eat game fish voraciously, making them an enemy of game fishermen.


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