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Texas Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blacktail Shiner
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Gray Redhorse
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Red-bellied Pacu
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Rio Grande Cichlid
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Shortnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead

Red-bellied Pacu
This relative to the piranha is often mistaken for them when caught by fishers.  A native to the Orinoco and Amazon River basins of South America, Red Bellied Pacu have been reported in 19 states, most likely due to aquarium releases, but some southern states may have experienced escapes from aquaculture operations.  Typically a solitary fish, adults stay prefer flooded areas where they feed on vegetative matter, with a preference to fruits and grains. Pacu are omnivores and will fee on a variety of foods.
Red bellied Pacu are a narrow, plate-shaped silver body.  They typically are purplish on the back with a yellow to cream colored underside, a reddish breast and blunt teeth. Pacu prefer temperatures over 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and low temperature, below 50 can be fatal.  This is a fast growing fish and can reach sizes over 40 inches and 50 pounds.
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