|Rohde and Arndt
|Carolina Pygmy Sunfish
Unique Characters: Usually 12 or 13 narrow dark bars on the sides. No postocular stripe or shoulder blotches. Scales absent on top of head. Endemic to North and South Carolina. In North Carolina it is restricted to the Waccamaw basin in Brunswick and Columbus counties.
Everglades Pygmy Sunfish
Banded Pygmy Sunfish
Everglades Pygmy Sunfish Elassoma evergladei. No bars on sides except there may be some faint ones in the caudal peduncle region. Scales present on top of head.
Banded Pygmy Sunfish Elassoma zonatum. Usually 9 wide, dark bars on the sides. Postocular stripe present and 1-3 shoulder blotches (often faint in life).