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Guadalupe bass Micropterus treculii Adopted: May 10, 1989

The Guadalupe bass was adopted by House Concurrent Resolution No. 61 (HCR61).

Introduced in February of 1989, HCR61 was approved by the Texas State House of Representatives and the Senate by the end of April.

House Concurrent Resolution No. 61 was signed by Governor William P. Clements on May 10, 1989.


H.C.R. No. 61

WHEREAS, The State of Texas has traditionally recognized certain natural life forms indigenous to the state as official state symbols; and

WHEREAS, The pecan tree, the bluebonnet, and the mockingbird are examples of some natural specimens that already symbolize the great beauty and diversity of our great state; and

WHEREAS, In keeping with this custom, the designation of the Guadalupe bass as the state fish of Texas will provide suitable recognition of the aquatic life that inhabits the lovely freshwater areas of our state; and

WHEREAS, The Guadalupe bass is found only in Texas, inhabiting the clear, fast-running streams and small rivers of the central part of the state; and

WHEREAS, A member of the genus Microperus within the sunfish family, the Guadalupe bass is one of a group of fish collectively known as black bass; and

WHEREAS, Though its small size prevents it being highly sought as a sport fish, the sheer abundance of Guadalupe bass is living testament to the sparkling purity of our state's freshwater tributaries; and

WHEREAS, The Guadalupe bass is unique to Texas and will be a fitting additon to our distinguished roster of official state symbles; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the 71st Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate the Guadalupe bass as the state fish of Texas.


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Additional Information

Guadalupe Bass (Micropterus treculii): Description from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. .

Guadalupe Bass (Micropterus treculii): Texas freshwater fishes - Texas State University, San Marcos: Department of Biology.

Micropterus treculii (Vaillant & Bocourt, 1874): Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2009.FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (02/2009).

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Micropterus treculii (Vaillant and Bocourt, 1874): Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.

State Fish: Complete list of official state fish.

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