Lepomis auritus

Lepomis auritus
Redbreast Sunfish – Lepomis auritus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CentrarchidaeLepomis auritus(Linnaeus)1758Redbreast Sunfish

Lepomis auritus

Unique Characters: Very long, narrow ear flap; black to the rear edge and bordered anteriorly by blue line. Wavy blue lines usually on cheek and opercle. Reddish spots on the sides and deep orange red belly in the male. Pectoral fin short and rounded. Gill rakers medium. Young have two distinct lines across opercle to ear flap; purplish blush in breast and opercular areas. 

Similar Species:

Bluegill
Lepomis macrochirus

Dollar Sunfish
Lepomis marginatus

Lepomis macrochirus
Bluegill – Lepomis macrochirus

Lepomis marginatus
Dollar Sunfish – Lepomis marginatus

Bluegill Lepomis macrochirus. Conspicuous black spot in rear of the soft dorsal fin. No blue lines on cheek or opercle. No reddish spots on the side. Pectoral fin long and pointed. Gill rakers long. Young with vertical bars across the body.

Dollar Sunfish Lepomis marginatus. Short ear flap with a white or orange edge. No reddish spots on the sides. Gill rakers reduced to knobs.

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