What is a bullseye snakehead?


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The bullseye snakehead is a slender fish species, roughly 3 feet in length and native to southeast Asia and southern China. Beginning in 2000, the species has been found in several lakes and canals in southern Florida.

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Often confused with the bowfin, bullseye snakeheads are distinguishable by the placement of the pelvic fin directly behind the pectoral fin whereas that of the bowfin is positioned in a lower position. The two are similar in size and shape, but bowfin have a much smaller anal fin relative to the dorsal fin. Both fins are of similar size in snakeheads. Bowfin also have a bony plate between the lower jaws that is not present in the snakeheads.

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