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Fish Identification

Smallmouth Buffalo

Smallmouth buffalo

Smallmouth buffalo have a deep stout body, gray or dark blue above, gray to olive sides, pale belly, dusky fins, large scales, forked tail, and a small mouth without barbels. They can be distinguished from common carp in lacking barbels around the mouth, and differ from grass carp and suckers in having a deep stout body rather than an elongate or cylindrical body.

Scientific Name:  Ictiobus bubalus

Adult size: 15-44 inches

Distribution: Found in the Coosa and Tennessee River basins

Current State Record Information: No current state record

Image: Duane Raver/USFWS