Very large male, in flooded rail trail past Colchester Bog, where there were also many small fish.
Photograph (c) Jonathan Sawyer.
Record received via e-mail 20101114 from Gary Garrett. Photographer is Clifford Shackelford's wife (do not have her first name). Found numerous individuals over 18 inches in drying pond.
Bowfins are an order (Amiiformes, pronounced /É™ËŒmaÉª.É¨ËˆfÉ”rmiËz/) of primitive ray-finned fish. Only one species, the bowfin Amia calva, family Amiidae, survives today, although additional species in six families are known from Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Eocene fossils. The bowfin, the gar, and the sturgeons are among the few extant freshwater fish that were contemporaries of the dinosaurs.