Micropterus dolomieu

Micropterus dolomieu
Smallmouth Bass – Micropterus dolomieu
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CentrarchidaeMicropterus dolomieuLacep├Ęde1802Smallmouth Bass

Micropterus dolomieu

Unique Characters:  Sides with dark brown to bronze specks, which often coalesce to form bars.  No rows of dark spots on lower sides.

Similar Species: Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides.  Dark horizontal stripe present on the sides, no bars. Other Micropterus species, for example Spotted Bass, M. punctulatus, have rows of dark spots on lower sides.

Micropterus salmoides
Largemouth Bass – Micropterus salmoides
Micropterus punctulatus
Spotted Bass – Micropterus punctulatus
Photo Credit: NANFA