Oriental Weatherfish - Misgurnus anguillicaudatus

Pictured here is an exotic Oriental Weatherfish ( Misgurnus anguillicaudatus ) caught in Florida. Oriental weatherfish which are native to northeastern Asia and central China, prefer still or slow moving, shallow waters with mud-bottoms. They burrow into the bottoms. They can withstand water that is low in oxygen due to their ability to absorb oxygen from air like other species such as gar. Oriental weather fish are most active at night.

They get there name because before large storms they will become active thereby predicting the weather.

Oriental weatherfish have been found in California and Michigan. And seem to be establishing themselves in Florida as well. The bad news is they suffur low predation here, have fairly high reproductive rates, tolerate a wide range of water temps and conditions, and are omnivorous so they have the potential to spread widely and prosper widely.

Oriental Weatherfish are native to northeastern Asia, central China.

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