New bass species found in Florida

May 9, 2013 by John McCoy

Choctaw bass (Photo courtesy Florida FWC)

Well, maybe there is something new under the sun.

Or under the water.

Fisheries researchers in Florida have discovered a new species of black bass. It’s very similar in size and appearance to the spotted bass, but genetic studies revealed that its DNA profile didn’t match any other species.

Since the fish’s range appears to overlap territory once controlled by the Choctaw tribe, scientists have decided to call it the Choctaw bass.

Here’s more, from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Hat tip:  J.R. Absher at The Outdoor Pressroom.

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