Other Common Names:

Spoonbill, spoonbill cat, spadefish, shovelfish, shovel-billed cat, duck-billed cat


Scientific Name:

Polyodon spathula



Average length is 40 inches


Slate-colored above, lighter below; greatly elongated snout, long gill covers and a shark-like mouth; scaleless with a skeleton of cartilage


Photo and text courtesy of

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker



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