The following information was excerpted from the Code of Alabama 1975, Title 1, Chapter 2.
Chapter 2 - STATE SYMBOLS AND HONORS.
State fresh water fish.
The largemouth bass, Micropterus punctulatus, is hereby designated and named the official fresh water fish of Alabama.
(Acts 1975, No. 1183, §1.)
The largemouth bass is incorrectly designated as Micropterus punctulatus in the legislation. Micropterus punctulatus identifies the spotted bass, not the largemouth bass.
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Official Alabama Freshwater Fish. Alabama Department of Archives & History. 2009. 19 February 2009 <http://www.archives.state.al.us/emblems/st_ffish.html>
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
Official Alabama Freshwater Fish: Alabama Department of Archives & History.
Largemouth Bass: Official Web site of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Micropterus salmoides (bigmouth bass): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
Micropterus salmoides - (Lacepède, 1802) : NatureServe - A network connecting science with conservation.
Micropterus salmoides (Lacepède, 1802): Integrated Taxonomic Information System, National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
Alabama Bass Fishing: From Game & Fish Magazine.
State Fish: Complete list of official state fish.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Alabama state symbols.
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