Common Family: The Bowfin Family
Common Name: Bowfin
Scientific Name: Amia calva
The bowfin is a distinct fish of Indiana due to its long dorsal fin. Bowfin also exhibit a bony plate on the underside of the lower jaw. A pair of barbels are located near the nostrils. Males have an eyespot at the base of the caudal fin, females may show an eyespot.
Range and Habitat:
They prefer waters with high amounts of vegetation and low turbidity.
Many people fishing for black bass may catch a bowfin unintentionally. They are very active predators and will eat fish, amphibians, and small rodents.
May superficially look like a black bass. No other fish has a large triangular plate on the underside of the lower jaw.