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Skeleton found next to a small lake known to have fish. Bones are lightweight. Skull measures about 5”.

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Katelyn6 2 years ago

Thank you! Yeah I figured it was a fish just based on the look and feel of the bones, but I am also not very knowledgeable on fish. Appreciate the resource!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Having had a scout around my usual sites, and knowing this spotting was at a freshwater lake where there are fish, and from seeing these remains which are very distinctive and unusual in shape, I am thinking this is a type of broad-headed fish like a catfish, aka bullhead. There are several species of the genus Ameiurus in Texan freshwater rivers and lakes, so working on the basis that your spotting is a fish (and a jigsaw puzzle), I reckon this is a good place to do some researching. I'm not a fish person at all, so these skeletal remains look very foreign to me. Here's a handy reference for local freshwater fish -

Tukup 2 years ago

Cool. Great spotting Katelyn and welcome to PN.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

I've passed this on to a dear friend of mine who knows cool, nerdy things about bones, and she's well-connected (no pun). She might be able to steer us in the right direction.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Wow, this is a spectacular find and an awesome 'first' spotting. There are a number of missions you can add your spottings to, but an ideal one for this is Identifying Animals Through Osteology -

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Grapevine, Texas, USA

Spotted on Mar 16, 2019
Submitted on Mar 16, 2019

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