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

    Aquatic Spiders

    Dolomedes spp., Tetragnatha spp., and others
    Image of a black bullhead

    Black Bullhead

    Ameiurus melas
    Image of a blackspotted topminnow

    Blackspotted Topminnow

    Fundulus olivaceus
    Image of a blackstripe topminnow

    Blackstripe Topminnow

    Fundulus notatus
    Bluefer

    Bluefer (Purpleshell)

    Potamilus purpuratus
    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
    Color illustration of Central Mudminnow

    Central Mudminnow

    Umbra limi
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    Endangered

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    Channel Catfish

    Ictalurus punctatus
    Image of a fathead minnow

    Fathead Minnow

    Pimephales promelas
    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
    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
    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
    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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    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.
    Photo of a red swamp crawfish or crayfish.

    Red Swamp Crawfish

    Procambarus clarkii
    Shortnose gar, image of head and front portion of body, swimming in an aquarium

    Shortnose Gar

    Lepisosteus platostomus
    Illustration of northern snakehead, viewed from side

    Snakeheads

    Channa spp. and Parachanna spp., including C. argus
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    Invasive

    Spotted gar, closeup of head, held in a fisher’s gloved hands, at Mingo NWR

    Spotted Gar

    Lepisosteus oculatus
    Photo of stonefly naiad on a rock underwater

    Stonefly Larvae

    There are hundreds of species in North America
    Photo of a three-toed amphiuma in an aquarium.

    Three-Toed Amphiuma

    Amphiuma tridactylum
    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 vernal crayfish.

    Vernal Crayfish

    Procambarus viaeviridus
    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
    Photo of a single water strider

    Water Striders

    Aquarius remigis; also species in the genus Gerris
    Photo of researcher holding a gilled siren

    Western Lesser Siren

    Siren intermedia nettingi
    Photo of a whirligig beetle viewed from above

    Whirligig Beetles

    Species in the beetle family Gyrinidae
    Image of white crappie

    White Crappie

    Pomoxis annularis
    Photo of a White River crawfish.

    White River Crawfish

    Procambarus acutus