Faunal remains found at the Bloody Hill Site of Onondaga suggest that the Onondaga Iroquois consumed bowfin .
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The bowfin (Amia calva) is a freshwater fish found mainly in the south-east United States, but extending into the upper St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes. The French common name for the bowfin is le poisson-castor. Bowfins have a long spine-less dorsal fin, almost reaching a fan-shaped tail fin, and a broad large head with barbel-like nostrils. Together with the longnose gar (Lepisosteus osseus), bowfins are considered to be among the most primitive of North American ray-finned fishes. Bowfins thrive in areas where most other fish cannot survive, such as stagnant, warm waters.
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