Micropterus punctulatus

Micropterus punctulatus
Spotted Bass – Micropterus punctulatus
Photo Credit: NANFA

Micropterus punctulatus

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CentrarchidaeMicropterus punctulatus(Rafinesque)1819Spotted Bass

Unique Characters: 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 fused into a solid dark line. Modally 65 (range 60-71) lateral line scales. Tooth patch present on tongue. Well-connected spinous and soft portions of the dorsal fin.

Similar Species

Alabama Bass
Micropterus henshalli

Largemouth Bass
Micropterus salmoides

Micropterus henshalli
Alabama Bass – Micropterus henshalli – Conasauga River
Photo Credit: Dave Neely

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 midside do not coalesce into black stripe on caudal peduncle (i.e., pigment on caudal peduncle a series of blotches).

Micropterus salmoides
Largemouth Bass – Micropterus salmoides

Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides. Tooth patch absent on tongue. Spinous and soft portions of the dorsal separated by a deep notch. Scales absent at the base of the soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins.

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