The following information was excerpted from the 2008 Florida Statutes, Title 4, Chapter 15.
TITLE IV - EXECUTIVE BRANCH.
CHAPTER 15. SECRETARY OF STATE.
15.036 Official state freshwater fish. --The Florida largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus) is hereby designated and declared as the official Florida state freshwater fish.
History.--s. 1, ch. 75-1.
The 2008 Florida Statutes. Online Sunshine. 2009. 21 February 2009 <http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=View%20Statutes&Submenu=1&Tab=statutes>
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.
The State Freshwater Fish: Florida Department of State: Division of Historical 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.
State Fish: Complete list of official state Fish.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Florida state symbols.
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