The color of fish

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.

Largemouth bass utilize both disruptive camouflage and color shading to help blend into their environment.

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.

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