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Perhaps the strangest looking critter on the Powell's threatened list is the paddlefish (Polyodon spathula). The blue-gray to olive-gray fish grows to a length of 44 to 64 inches, and gets its name from a long, paddle-shaped snout. The paddlefish depends on clean gravel and clean water for spawning. It feeds by straining plankton and aquatic insects through its gills.

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