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Family Cobitidae - Loach Family [nonnative] *UNDER CONSTRUCTION*

Loaches are native to Eurasia, Morocco and Ethiopia. They are popular aquarium fishes. One loach has been introduced to Illinois waters. This fish has a long, cylindrical body, 10-12 barbels around the mouth and a rounded caudal fin. There is a strong spine on the pectoral fin. Scales are tiny.
 
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oriental weatherfish (Misgurnus anguillicaudatus) [nonnative]
Photo © Uland Thomas

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