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I need another fish identification. #16167 04/26/14 08:58 PM
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I don't have a picture this time, unfortunately. But I do clearly remember what these weird things looked like.

I saw them twice: once, last July, in a mountain lake in North Carolina, and just a couple of hours ago in my neighborhood creek.

They're about 4-6 inches long, bottomfeeders, with four large triangular fins jutting out from the sides. They have a rather large head and a blunt, box-shaped snout. To put it from perspective, from above, they look like miniature nurse sharks.

But what intrigued me the most was the color: they were mainly a muddy black color, but they had two tannish-gray bars on their backs, and the snout and fins were rimmed with orange.

I've tried catching them, but they spook easily, and they usually spit out whatever I throw at them before I can set the hook. Here's a MS sketch of them:

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I can't find any information online, because, honestly, how is one supposed to search for it if you don't even know the name.


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16169 04/26/14 11:35 PM
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Do they appear to have scales or skin?


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16173 04/27/14 07:17 PM
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Probably a tropical fish that took lessons from Nemo and escaped. Check out your local fish store and you might Id them. Maybe sme sort of pleco.

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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Bob Smith] #16174 04/27/14 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Bob Smith
Do they appear to have scales or skin?


Probably skin. It reminds me of a pleco, just with the weird colors.



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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Wally] #16175 04/27/14 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Wally
Probably a tropical fish that took lessons from Nemo and escaped. Check out your local fish store and you might Id them. Maybe sme sort of pleco.


Eh, the thing is, that lake in NC was about 59 degrees. Not really much for a tropical fish.


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16176 04/27/14 08:41 PM
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There could have been scales. What it sounds like you are describing is a fingerling Mirror Carp. Looking down into fairly clear water the shape and fins are very similar. They are bottom feeders, more often silt filters. I have several friends in Texas who fish for carp exclusively, and competitively (European style).
Here is a link that might give you an idea of what those fish can grow up to be, if it's what I think it is.
https://www.google.com/search?q=mir...mp;ved=0CEUQ7Ak&biw=1536&bih=718


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Bob Smith] #16179 04/28/14 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Bob Smith
There could have been scales. What it sounds like you are describing is a fingerling Mirror Carp. Looking down into fairly clear water the shape and fins are very similar. They are bottom feeders, more often silt filters. I have several friends in Texas who fish for carp exclusively, and competitively (European style).
Here is a link that might give you an idea of what those fish can grow up to be, if it's what I think it is.
https://www.google.com/search?q=mir...mp;ved=0CEUQ7Ak&biw=1536&bih=718


I appreciate your help, really, but I don't think it's a carp at all. I think it's some kind of weird creek suckerfish. That lake in NC doesn't have carp; it's stocked with rainbow trout. However, a large stream does flow into it, so what I saw could have been washed down into it.


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16180 04/28/14 11:04 AM
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well keep searching, and if you find a picture of the fish you saw, please share it with us!


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16181 04/28/14 12:00 PM
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Maybe some sort of sculpin.
Banded sculpin
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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Wally] #16183 04/29/14 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Wally
Maybe some sort of sculpin.
Banded sculpin
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...that actually looks like what I saw...thank you!


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16184 04/29/14 11:09 AM
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WTG, Wally! I don't suppose I would've ever guessed that!


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Re: I need another fish identification. [Re: Nick Carlson] #16464 06/27/14 04:15 PM
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Google Goby, it looks like a Goby to me. When you google Goby images, your fish has the same body structure, but you will notice different colors of this fish and just like about all species it takes on the coloration of it's surroundings. fish

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