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Need help identifying an unusual fish? Want to report a rare fish in Florida waters?

If you catch a rare or unusual fish in Florida waters, please send us a photo or report it to:

Saltwater

Sail Catfish

A deformed catfish? Nope. It's a male gafftopsail catfish, Bagre marinus, caught on the south side of the Max Brewer Causeway in Titusville. 

 

FishColl@MyFWC.com
FWC-Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020
Phone: (727) 896-8626

Visit our Saltwater Fish Identification page to browse photos of common saltwater fish.

Freshwater

Clown Knifefish on measuring board

The clown knifefish, Notopterus chitala, gets it's name from the unusual body shape (imagine the head is the handle of a knife) and the balloon-like spots along it's side. This specimen was collected by FWC Nonnative Fish and Wildlife staff in Palm Beach County.

ExoticFreshwaterFishID@MyFWC.com
c/o Kelly Gestring
Non-Native Fish and Wildlife Program
3200 College Avenue
Davie West Bldg., Rm 411
Davie, FL 33314
Phone: (954) 236-1265

Visit our Freshwater Fish Identification page to browse photos of common freshwater fish.

Remember, your fish might be a nonnative species

Visit Florida's Nonnative Fish and Wildlife page to learn more about exotic and invasive species.

Shelves with jars of adult fish

Is your fish in the FWRI Specimen Research Museum?

Search the Ichthyology Specimen Catalog by species name to see if your fish is already in our research museum. If it's not in the catalog, and you'd like to donate the specimen, please keep the specimen frozen or on ice, and contact the Ichthyology Collection Manager:

Eric Post
E-mail: Fishcoll@MyFWC.com

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5095
Phone: 727-896-8626 ext. 4739
Fax: 727-823-0166