List of Mississippi state symbols

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

Insignia[edit]

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[edit]

Type Symbol Date Image
Flower Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora3.jpg
Tree Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) Magnolia grandiflora 2004.jpg

Fauna[edit]

Type Symbol Date Image
Bird Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1944[2] Mimus polyglottos1.jpg
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 1991[3] Spicebush Swallowtail in August.jpg
Fish Largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974[4] Largemouth Bass 001.jpg
Insect Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) 1980[5] Apis mellifera bi.jpg
Land mammal White-tailed deer 1974[6] White-tailed deer.jpg
Marine mammal Bottlenose dolphin 1974[6] US Navy 030811-N-6803B-001 Mark Six swimmer defense dolphins are deployed to the Arabian Gulf to provide operational force protection capabilities for Navy ships, piers and other high-value assets as part of the global war on t.jpg
Waterfowl Wood duck (Aix sponsa) 1974[7] Brautente Wood Duck Aix sponsa.jpg
Reptile American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987[8] American Alligator.JPG
Shell Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1974 Crassostrea virginica 01.jpg

Other[edit]

Type Symbol Date Image
Fossil Basilosaurus and Zygorhiza whales Zygorhiza kochii (early whale).jpg
Stone Petrified wood 1976 Petrified wood closeup 2.jpg
Song Go, Mississippi 1962[9]

References[edit]

  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. ISBN 0-313-28862-3.  p. 313
  9. ^ "State Symbols". Blue Book. Mississippi Secretary of State. 2004. p. 34.