NANFA-- Snakeheads & Bowfins

Christopher Scharpf (
Sat, 29 Jun 2002 15:29:24 -0400

> I heard a story on NPR this week that someone caught a Northern
> Snakehead while fishing in Maryland. He didn't know what it was, so he
> threw it back. Now the DNR scrambling like crazy to try and catch this
> thing.

'Tis true, in a pond in Crofton, MD. It's made headlines and the TV news
here in Baltimore. It's either a hobbyist release, or was dumped there when
a nearby pet shop went out of business.

>Is this the same thing as Amia? I've always called them bowfin.

Nope. A real snakehead, genus Channa. From China.

> I remember once upon a time though that the biological supply catalogs
> called them "freshwater dogfish" for some reason.

Bowfin have a bunch of colorful local names, dogfish being one of them.

Chris Scharpf
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