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List of Mississippi state symbols

The following is a list of state symbols of the U.S. state of Mississippi, as defined by state statutes.[1]

Insignia

Type Symbol Date Image
Flag Flag of Mississippi 1894 Flag of Mississippi
Seal Seal of Mississippi 1798 Seal of Mississippi
Motto Virtute et armis
Nickname The Magnolia State; The Hospitality State

Flora

Type Symbol Date Image
Flower Magnolia
Tree Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Fauna

Type Symbol Date Image
Bird Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1944[2]
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 1991[3]
Fish Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974[4]
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980[5]
Land mammal White-tailed deer 1974[6]
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin 1974[6]
Waterfowl Wood duck (Aix sponsa) 1974[7]
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987[8]
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974

Other

Type Symbol Date Image
Fossil Basilosaurus and Zygorhiza whales
Stone Petrified wood 1976
Song Go, Mississippi 1962[9]

References

  1. ^ "State of Mississippi Symbols". Mississippi.gov. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mississippi State Bird". Mississippi State Bird: Mockingbird. SHG Resources. 
  3. ^ State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Retrieved 2008-03-29
  4. ^ http://www.its.state.ms.us/et/portal/MSSymbols/symbols.htm
  5. ^ State Symbols, p. 4. Office of the Secretary of State of Mississippi.
  6. ^ a b Shearer, Benjamin F. & Barbara S. Shearer. State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2002. 235.
  7. ^ "Mississippi State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots". SHG Resources. 
  8. ^ Shearer, Benjamin F.; Shearer, Barbara S. (1994). State names, seals, flags, and symbols (2nd ed.). Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group.   p. 313
  9. ^ "State Symbols". Blue Book.  
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