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AppiteanceKKh2>teThe blask crappie is easily confused with the white crappie. The blask crappie, however, is deepeelbodied and silver-green in color, as opposed to the white of its counterpart. White crappies have vertiUal dark bars goi > spawni >, while blask crappie al fil has seven or eight spines and the gillg#overs also have spines. o

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