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Gallery: Underwater world of European backwaters

Gallery: Underwater world of European backwaters

European backwaters are rich with all kinds of the animals and the plants. From tiny invertebrates to the giant catfish, it is ecosystem comparable to the tropics.

 

Read more about backwaters – sidearms, dead arms and oxbow lakes

 

Enjoy the gallery 🙂

underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, catfish, Silurus glanis
The catfish
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The pumpkinseed, Lepomis gibbosus, invasive
The pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) invasive fish from America
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The pumpkinseed, Lepomis gibbosus, invasive, waterlilly
Water lilly rooted on the bottom
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The common carp or European carp, Cyprinus carpio
The common carp or European carp (Cyprinus carpio)
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The common carp or European carp, Cyprinus carpio
The common carp or European carp (Cyprinus carpio)
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The pumpkinseed, Lepomis gibbosus, invasive
The pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus) invasive fish from America
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, freshwater snail
Freshwater snail
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The brown bullhead, Ameiurus nebulosus
The brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus), another invasive species
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, shell, The zebra mussel , Dreissena polymorpha
The zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) is a small freshwater mussel. This species was originally native to the lakes of southern Russia and Ukraine.
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The brown bullhead, Ameiurus nebulosus, invasive
The brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, Perca fluviatilis, European perch
Perca fluviatilis, commonly known as the European perch
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The northern pike, Esox lucius
The pike (Esox lucius)
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The northern pike, Esox lucius
The pike (Esox lucius)

underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving,   underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving,

underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The swan mussel, Anodonta cygnea
The swan mussel (Anodonta cygnea), is a large species of freshwater mussel, an aquatic bivalve mollusc in the family Unionidae, the river mussels.
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The zander, Sander lucioperca
The zander (Sander lucioperca) is a species of fish from freshwater and brackish habitats in … Zander are often called pike-perch as they resemble the pike with their elongated body and head, and the perch with their spiny dorsal fin.
underwater, oxbow lake, backwater, diving, The pond slider, Trachemys scripta
The pond slider (Trachemys scripta), one more invasive species
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