|Family||Scientific Name||Author||Year||Common Name|
|Centrarchidae||Micropterus salmoides||(Lacepède)||1802||Largemouth Bass|
Unique Characters: Very large mouth, upper jaw extends past rear margin of the eye. First and second dorsal fins nearly separate. Tooth patch absent on tongue. Scales absent at the base of the soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins.
Spotted Bass Micropterus punctulatus. Scales present at the base of the soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins. Tooth patch present on tongue. Rows of small black spots on lower sides. Black stripe or series of partly joined blotches on the sides. Dark caudal spot; pigment on caudal peduncle a solid dark line. Usually less than 71 pored lateral line scales. Well-connected spinous and soft portions of the dorsal fin.
Alabama Bass Micropterus henshalli. Rows of black spots on lower sides. Black blotches along the upper back do not reach dorsal fin base. Modally 75 (range 68-84) lateral line scales. Blotches along mid-side do not coalesce into black stripe on caudal peduncle (i.e., pigment on caudal peduncle a series of blotches).