The following information was excerpted from the Tennessee Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Part 3, Section 4-1-316.
TITLE 4. STATE GOVERNMENT.
CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
PART 3. STATE SYMBOLS.
4-1-316. State commercial fish. -
The channel catfish is hereby designated as the official state commercial fish.
[Acts 1988, ch. 489, § 1.]
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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.
Ictalurus punctatus (channel catfish): University of Michigan Museum of Zoology: Animal Diversity Web.
Channel Catfish: Freshwater and saltwater fish identification center. Research Channel Catfish habitats, feeding habits, fishing tips, pictures, descriptions from LandBigFish.com.
Channel Catfish: Life History and Biology: Southern Regional Aquaculture Center, Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Ictalurus punctatus (Rafinesque, 1818): Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (01/2009)
Ictalurus punctatus - (Rafinesque, 1818): NatureServe Explorer: An Encyclopedia of Life.
Ictalurus punctatus (Rafinesque, 1818): Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
Ictalurus punctatus: CalPhoto photographs. The Biodiversity Sciences Technology group (BSCIT), a part of the Berkeley Natural History Museums at the University of California, Berkeley.
State Fish: Complete list of official state fish.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Tennessee state symbols.
For Anglers: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
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A Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, by Lawrence M. Page, Brooks M. Burr. 440 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (January 1, 1991) The first comprehensive field guide to freshwater fishes - covers all 790 species known in the United States and Canada. More than 700 illustrations, most in color, show identifying marks. Also includes 377 distribution maps and additional drawings of key details.
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