Lepomis macrochirus

Lepomis macrochirus
Bluegill – Lepomis macrochirus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CentrarchidaeLepomis macrochirusRafinesque1819Bluegill

Lepomis macrochirus

Unique Characters: Conspicuous large blotch/smudge at rear of dorsal fin. Other fins are clear. Short black ear flap. Wide dark vertical bars on the sides. Pectoral fin long and pointed. Mouth small. Long gill rakers.

Similar Species:

Green Sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus

Redear Sunfish
Lepomis microlophus

Lepomis cyanellus
Green Sunfish – Lepomis cyanellus

Lepomis microlophus
Redear Sunfish – Lepomis microlophus

Green Sunfish Lepomis cyanellus. Large mouth with upper jaw that extends back to middle of the eye. Black blotch present at rear of second dorsal fin and anal fin. Yellow to orange edges dorsal, caudal, and anal fins. Ear flap short and black with a pale margin. Pectoral fin short and rounded. Blue streaks on the cheek and opercle.

Redear Sunfish Lepomis microlophus. Dark smudge in rear of dorsal fin absent. Red spot on black ear flap. Short gill rakers.

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