Photo of a spotted fishing spider perched on the water's surface amid floating duckweed plants

    Aquatic Spiders

    Dolomedes spp., Tetragnatha spp., and others
    Black buffalo side view photo with black background

    Black Buffalo

    Ictiobus niger
    Black crappie, male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Black Crappie

    Pomoxis nigromaculatus
    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
    Channel catfish side view photo with black background

    Channel Catfish

    Ictalurus punctatus
    Orangethroat darter male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Darters

    Etheostoma, Percina, Ammocrypta, and Crystallaria spp.
    Monkey Face Mussel

    Freshwater Mussels

    Bivalve molluscs in order Unionoida
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    Giant Floater

    Pygandon grandis
    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
    Goldfish side view photo with black background

    Goldfish

    Carassius auratus
    Photo of hellgrammite

    Hellgrammite

    Corydalus cornutus
    Photo of a horsehair worm in an aquarium

    Horsehair Worms

    About 350 species scientifically described.
    No photo available

    Hydras

    Various species in the genus Hydra
    Photo of a leech

    Leeches

    Various species in the subclass Hirudinea
    Longnose gar side view photo with black background

    Longnose Gar

    Lepisosteus osseus
    Photo of pulmonate snail crawling on rock

    Lunged Aquatic Snails (Pulmonate Pond Snails)

    Over 30 Missouri species in former subclass Pulmonata
    Southern redbelly dace male in spawning colors, side view photo with black background

    Minnows

    Notropis, Cyprinella, Hybognathus, Luxilus, and others
    Photograph of several mosquito larvae resting at water surface

    Mosquito Larvae

    There are about 50 species of mosquitoes in our state.
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    Pistolgrip (Buckhorn)

    Tritogonia verrucosa
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    Pond Mussel

    Ligumia subrostrata
    Photo of a predaceous diving beetle

    Predaceous Diving Beetles (Water Tigers)

    Species in the beetle family Dytiscidae
    Photo of a ramshorn snail on a wet rock.

    Ramshorn Snails

    Gyraulus, Helisoma, Menetus, Micromenetus, Planorbula spp.
    Shortnose gar side view photo with black background

    Shortnose Gar

    Lepisosteus platostomus
    Smallmouth buffalo side view photo with black background

    Smallmouth Buffalo

    Ictiobus bulbalus
    Northern snakehead side view illustration with black background

    Snakeheads

    Channa argus and other Channa and Parachanna spp.
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    Invasive

    Spotted bass side view photo with black background

    Spotted Bass

    Micropterus punctulatus
    Photo of stonefly naiad on a rock underwater

    Stonefly Larvae

    There are hundreds of species in North America
    Photo of an aquatic tubificid worm among rocks in an aquarium.

    Tubificid Worms (Tubifex Worms)

    Tubifex spp. and other aquatic tubificid annelids
    Photo of a pink planarian on a rock.

    Turbellarians (Planarians; Free-Living Flatworms)

    Species in genera Dugesia, Planaria, etc.
    Photo of a water boatman

    Water Boatmen

    About 125 species in North America in the family Corixidae
    Photo of a collared water scavenger beetle showing back.

    Water Scavenger Beetles

    Beetles in the family Hydrophilidae
    Photo of a water scorpion, genus Ranatra, captured in a jar of pond water.

    Water Scorpions

    Ranatra spp. and Nepa apiculata
    Water springtails congregate in water above soggy dead leaves

    Water Springtail

    Podura aquatica
    Photo of a single water strider

    Water Striders

    Aquarius remigis; also species in the genus Gerris
    Photo of a whirligig beetle viewed from above

    Whirligig Beetles

    Species in the beetle family Gyrinidae
    White crappie male, side view photo with black background

    White Crappie

    Pomoxis annularis
    white heelsplitter

    White Heelsplitter

    Lasmigona complanata
    Zebra Mussel

    Zebra Mussel

    Dreissena polymorpha
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    Invasive