Can be found in the Mississippi river and the mobile tensaw delta.
There color is variable, from slight steel gray to almost jet black in the spring.
It's streamlined with a pointed head and a subterminal mouth.
Cycleptus elongatus is its scientific name.
It's rare because most of the younger ones have been eaten by walleyes and smallmouth bass and has been impacted by the construction of locks and dams and the interference with free flow of the river.
There more often found around upriver passages.