Fish are a diverse group of animals! They come in all shapes and sizes, based on their lifestyle and ecology. Does the fish hover in a placid lake, or constantly swim to hold position in a swift river? Does it eat vegetation, or does it feed on minnows? Does that minnow eater ambush its prey at close range, or chase it down from a distance with a long dash? You don’t need to know all those details to try to identify the fish below from their shapes! But be aware that each distinctive shape has a specific purpose that matches the fish to its environment. Answers are at the bottom of the newsletter.
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Fish illustrations modified from Duane Raver, Jr.
Answers to fish quiz: (1) Sunfish (most are similar in shape) (2) Warmouth (the large mouth is the give-away) (3)Striped, white, or sunshine bass (4) Pickerel (5) Crappie (6) Largemouth bass.