Bowfin and Snakeheads: Distinguishing Features
Snakeheads (family Channidae) from Africa and Asia are occasionally imported into Arkansas. They closely resemble native bowfin (Family Amiidae) but are unrelated. This page depicts one species of snakehead. About 27 others have been identified, some with different color patterns. Pelvic fins may be lacking in several snakehead species. Snakeheads are environmentally harmful. If you see or catch one in Arkansas, please contact a game warden or the AGFC.
Bowfin (Amia calva)
Native species, not prohibited in Arkansas
Northern Snakehead (Channa argus)
Exotic species; prohibited in Arkansas