Make a Big Splash with Louisiana Fishes

The LSU Museum of Natural Science fish exhibit, “Making a Big Splash with Louisiana Fishes” aims to educate visitors not only about Louisiana fishes, but also about aquatic life all over the world. It touches on the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, bioluminescence, fish ecosystems, and the systematics & biogeography of fishes.

Exhibit Layout

photo: fish exhibit

  1. Oarfish, Regalecus russelii, the longest bonyfish
  2. Gafftopsail Catfish, Bagre marinus
  3. Black Triggerfish, Melichthys niger
  4. Alligator Gar, Atractosteus spatula (painted like a Spotted Gar, Lepisosteus oculatus..oops)
  5. American Paddlefish, Polyodon spathula
  6. Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides
  7. Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus
  8. Dogfish shark, Squalus acanthias
  9. The Louisiana Pancake Batfish – Halieutichthys intermedius
  10. Gulf of Mexico
  11. Tripodfish
  12. The Mississippi River
  13. Sturgeon and Paddlefish
  14. Freshwater Fishing in Louisiana
  15. Overview text of the exhibit and Fish Section at LSU MNS
  16. Video Display of LSU collecting trips, SERPENT videos, etc.,
  17. A Fragile Ecosystem – 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
  18. Bioluminescence in the Deep Sea – with light-up display
  19. Fish Habitats – deep sea, Amazon River, caves, coral reefs
  20. Gondwana Map with moving continents display
  21. Historical Biogeography
  22. Question and Answers, pop-up display


photo: fish activity book

The Making a Big Splash with Louisiana Fishes exhibit book aims to complement the exhibit.  In addition to the exhibit content, the book features 10 kid’s activities, a short fiction story, and a guide to Louisiana’s common fishes. Download the free pdf below or purchase a hardcopy color version either from the museum front office (119 Foster Hall) for $16.50 each (CHECKS ONLY) OR online at for $23 (includes cost of shipping).

Download Free PDF Here

Order Online Here