Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Lepomis gibbosus

 

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Distribution:

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Description:

Lateral line scales fewer than 50; greatest depth into length from tip of snout to end of scales 2.0-2.5 times; opercular flap in life with black centre, edged with white or yellow, with a prominent well-defined red spot at posterioredge (in preserved specimens the once coloured areas are white or colourless);  pectoral fins longer, 3 times in standard length,  pointed at leading edge; gill  rakers very short and knobbed.

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Similar Species: 

Redbreast Sunfish,  Smallmouth Bass