Re: NANFA-- state fish of Ohio

Michael Wolfe (
Wed, 20 Feb 2002 08:36:38 -0500


According to "The Ohio Nature Almanac" edited by Stephen Ostrander 2001,
there is no officially adopted state fish. However, there was a proposal by
the Ohio Smallmouth Alliance (strange name for a political group) to have
the smallmouth bass be the official state fish based on the dollars that
sports fishing contributed to Ohio's economy.

As of 1995 we do have a state reptile: the black racer... thanks to a fourth
grader that started the process by writing letters to his state

We also have...
a state insect: the lady bug
a state bird: the cardinal (everyone knew that one)
a state animal: the white tail deer
a state invertebrate fossil... believe it or not: the trilobite
a state tree: the buckeye (again everyone knew that one)
a state flower: the red carnation (a favorite of president William
McKinley... from Ohio)
a state wildflower: the white trillium

An now you all know about how the Ohio legislature spends their time and
our money


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nicholas J. Zarlinga" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, February 18, 2002 1:53 PM
Subject: NANFA-- state fish of Ohio

> Does anyone know what the state fish for Ohio is? Is there a list of
state fish?
> Nick Zarlinga
> Aquarium Biologist
> Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
> 216-661-6500 ex 4485

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