To stand out or blend in is the question. Missouri’s 200 species of fish come in a variety of color shades and patterns.
Some blend in with their surroundings, camouflage, while others stand out.
Fish that swim in open water are often color-shaded, olive green or brown on top and lighter colored on the undersides.
From above a fish will blend in with the stream or pond bottom and when viewed from below, they blend in with the lighter-colored water surface or sky.