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Loaches

  

Family: Cobitidae - Loaches

Distribution and Habitat

N=Native, I=Introduced (exotic), X=Extinct, P=Extirpated

Image/Link Scientific Name Common Name Lake Superior Lake Michigan

Lake Huron

Lake Erie Lake Ontario Habitat
oriental weatherfish Misgurnus anguillicaudatus oriental weatherfish     I     stream/creek, tributaries only

Table modified from "The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery" MI Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University.

Species Profile

Misgurnus anguillicaudatus - oriental weatherfish

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - University of Southern Mississippi
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database

GLANSIS

Garden pond or aquarium escapee. Typically found in still or slow moving, shallow waters with mud-bottoms, which they burrow into. They can inhabit ponds and lakes poor in oxygen thanks to their intestinal accessory organ which allows them to absorb atmospheric oxygen. They are active mainly at night, but are also known to be restless during the day prior to large storms, reason for which they are called weatherfish. During periods of drought or cold, this species will burrow into the mud and remain there for extended periods, until environmental conditions improve. Omnivorous, diet consisting typically of bottom-dwelling animals, insect larvae, snails, and worms. Length to 25cm.

loach photo

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.USGS/NAS

loach photo

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.University of Southern Mississippi

Additional Photos:
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.WetWebMedia.com

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