Lepomis cyanellus Rafinesque, 1819
Green sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus
photo by Divino, J.N.

Family:  Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)
Max. size:  31 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 960.0 g; max. reported age: 9 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; pH range: 7 - 7.5; dH range: 10 - 15
Distribution:  North America: Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and Mississippi River basins from New York in USA and from Ontario in Canada to Minnesota and south Dakota, USA, and south to the Gulf of Mexico; from Escambia River in Florida, and Mobile Bay in Georgia and Alabama to Rio Grande in Texas, USA. Also northern Mexico.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Adults inhabit quiet pools and backwaters of sluggish streams, lakes and ponds. Often near vegetation (Ref. 5723, 10294). Juveniles feed on immature insects and microcrustaceans (Ref. 10294). Nest spawners (Ref. 79012).
IUCN Red List Status: (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 11.07.14
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 26.04.94

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