The following information was excerpted from the Mississippi Code, Title 3, Chapter 3, Section 3-3-21.
TITLE 3. STATE SOVEREIGNTY, JURISTICTION AND HOLIDAYS.
CHAPTER 3. STATE BOUNDARIES, HOLIDAYS, AND STATE EMBLEMS.
§ 3-3-21. State fish.
The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is hereby designated the state fish of Mississippi.
Sources: Laws, 1974, ch. 551, § 3, eff from and after passage (approved April 12, 1974).
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Micropterus salmoides (bigmouth bass): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
Micropterus salmoides(Lacepède, 1802): Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2008.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (12/2008).
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State Fish: Complete list of official state Fish.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Mississippi state symbols.
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