Researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission found a new species of black bass in 2007 in the Chipola River. The fish had a DNA profile that differed from any other known fish. "We chose the name 'Choctaw bass' because the species' range overlaps the historic range of the Choctaw Indians. As for our recommended scientific name, Micropterus haiaka, 'haiaka' is a Choctaw word that means 'revealed,' " said researcher Mike Tringali.

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