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  Family Cobitidae  

Family Cobitidae--Loach Family nonnative

Loaches are native to Eurasia, Morocco and Ethiopia. They are popular aquarium fishes. One loach has been introduced to Illinois waters. This fish has a long, cylindrical body, 10-12 barbels around the mouth and a rounded caudal fin. There is a strong spine on the pectoral fin. Scales are tiny.

oriental weatherfish--Misgurnus anguillicaudatus [nonnative]

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