Photo of an alderfly larva among rocks and gravel in an aquarium.

    Alderfly Larvae

    Sialis spp.
    Photo of an aquatic isopod in an aquarium, crawling on a rock.

    Aquatic Pillbugs and Sowbugs (Aquatic Isopods)

    Freshwater members of the crustacean order Isopoda
    Photo of a spotted fishing spider perched on the water's surface amid floating duckweed plants

    Aquatic Spiders

    Dolomedes spp., Tetragnatha spp., and others
    Photo of backswimmer, side view

    Backswimmers

    About 32 North American species in the family Notonectidae
    Black buffalo side view photo with black background

    Black Buffalo

    Ictiobus niger
    Black bullhead side view photo with black background

    Black Bullhead

    Ameiurus melas
    Blackspotted topminnow side view photo with black background

    Blackspotted Topminnow

    Fundulus olivaceus
    Blackstripe topminnow, male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Blackstripe Topminnow

    Fundulus notatus
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    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
    Bluegill male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Bluegill

    Lepomis macrochirus
    Bowfin side view photo with black background

    Bowfin

    Amia calva
    Brindled madtom side view photo with black background

    Brindled Madtom

    Noturus miurus
    Brook silverside side view photo with black background

    Brook Silverside

    Labidesthes sicculus
    Brown bullhead side view photo with black background

    Brown Bullhead

    Ameiurus nebulosus
    Gray, speckled, translucent gelatinous blob cut in half to show structure

    Bryozoans (Moss Animals)

    Freshwater species in the phylum Bryozoa
    Photo of caddisfly larva with case made of detritus

    Caddisfly Larvae

    Various species in the order Trichoptera
    Photo of a Cajun dwarf crayfish.

    Cajun Dwarf Crayfish

    Cambarellus puer
    Photo of a papershell crayfish, also called calico crayfish.

    Calico Crayfish (Papershell Crayfish)

    Faxonius immunis (formerly Orconectes immunis)
     Central mudminnow side view photo with black background

    Central Mudminnow

    Umbra limi
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    Endangered

    Channel catfish side view photo with black background

    Channel Catfish

    Ictalurus punctatus
    Two Chinese mysterysnails, out of water, resting on a white surface, with a ruler nearby for scale

    Chinese Mysterysnail

    Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata (syn. Bellamya chinensis)
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    Invasive

    Common carp side view photo with black background

    Common Carp

    Cyprinus carpio
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    Invasive

    Photo of crane fly larva

    Crane Fly Larvae

    There are over 500 species of crane flies in North America.
    Photo of a spothanded crayfish viewed from above on white background.

    Crayfishes

    About 36 species in Missouri
    Cypress minnow side view photo with black background

    Cypress Minnow

    Hybognathus hayi
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    Endangered

    Photo of a damselfly nymph on rocks in an aquarium.

    Damselfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Zygoptera
    Orangethroat darter male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Darters

    Etheostoma, Percina, Ammocrypta, and Crystallaria spp.
    Photo of a devil crayfish.

    Devil Crayfish

    Lacunicambarus aff. diogenes
    Photo of a digger crayfish.

    Digger Crayfish

    Creaserinus fodiens (formerly Fallicambarus fodiens)
    Photo of a dragonfly larva resting on a stone.

    Dragonfly Larvae

    Species in the suborder Anisoptera
    Fathead minnow side view photo with black background

    Fathead Minnow

    Pimephales promelas
    Photo of a fishfly larva crawling among rocks in an aquarium.

    Fishfly Larvae

    Chauliodes, Neohermes, and Nigronia spp. (in eastern US)
    Flier side view photo with black background

    Flier

    Centrarchus macropterus
    Freckled madtom side view photo with black background

    Freckled Madtom

    Noturus nocturnus
    Photo of a freshwater jellyfish

    Freshwater Jellyfish

    Craspedacusta sowerbii (syn. C. sowerbyi)
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
    Photo of a giant water bug

    Giant Water Bugs

    Species in the genera Abedus, Belostoma, and Lethocerus
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    Venomous

    Photo of several prosobranch pond snails crawling on a rock.

    Gilled Aquatic Snails (Prosobranch Pond Snails)

    Over 20 Missouri species in former subclass Prosobranchia
    Gizzard shad side view photo with black background

    Gizzard Shad

    Dorosoma cepedianum
    Golden shiner male, side view photo with black background

    Golden Shiner

    Notemigonus crysoleucas
    Goldfish side view photo with black background

    Goldfish

    Carassius auratus
    Green sunfish male, side view photo with black background

    Green Sunfish

    Lepomis cyanellus
    Harlequin darter side view photo with black background

    Harlequin Darter

    Etheostoma histrio
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    Endangered

    Photo of a deer fly larva, probably in a petri dish, on a gray background.

    Horse and Deer Fly Larvae

    Tabanus, Chrysops, and related genera
    Photo of a horsehair worm in an aquarium

    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
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    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    Largemouth bass side view photo with black background

    Largemouth Bass

    Micropterous salmoides
    Photo of a leech

    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
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    Lilliput

    Toxolasma parvus
    Photo of pulmonate snail crawling on rock

    Lunged Aquatic Snails (Pulmonate Pond Snails)

    Over 30 Missouri species in former subclass Pulmonata

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