Smallmouth Buffalo (Ictiobus bubalus)


The Smallmouth Buffalo is found in Gulf Coast drainages from Mexico to Alabama, including the Mobile Basin, in the Great Lakes Drainages in Illinois, as well as throughout the Mississippi River Drainage. They live in pools and backwaters of small to large rivers, lakes, and impoundments. Like other species in the genus Ictiobus, Smallmouth Buffalo have a long, curved dorsal fin and a mouth on the underside of their head.