Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Centrarchidae
Etymology: Micropterus: Greek, mikros = small + Greek,pteron = wing, fin (Ref. 45335); tallapoosae: Named for the Tallapoosa River, to which it is endemic.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Subtropical
North America: endemic to the Tallapoosa River system above the Fall Line, USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93229); max. published weight: 1.8 kg (Ref. 93229)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 10 - 11. A member of Micropterus coosae species group that is a distinct genetic lineage and differs from all members of the group except M. chattahoochae, by having larger scales (mean 2.9% SL vs. 2.7% or less), 63-67 lateral-line scales (vs. 68-74), 26-28 scales around the caudal peduncle (vs. 29-32), 89-98 lateral-line scales plus scales around the caudal peduncle (vs. 96 or more), and 10-13 vertical bars with the 6-12 long (extending well below body midline) vertical bars along the midline of the body, anteriorly, followed by 2-5 vertically elongate spots along the midline, posteriorly; from all species except M. cahabae, by lacking orange or red pigments on fin rays (fin rays green or yellow-green); from M. chattahoochae by a narrower postfrontal width 11.2% SL (vs. 11.8%); further distinguished from M. chattahoochae, and M. cf. coosae (Savannah River) by smaller tooth patch (less than 1.0 mm in 55%, absent in 25% of individuals examined vs. 1.0 mm or greater in 66.7% or more, absent in 0.0%-9.0%); and from M. warriorensis by more often having a tooth patch (absent in 25% vs. 83%) (Ref. 93229).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Baker, W.H., R.E. Blanton and C.E. Johnston, 2013. Diversity within the redeye bass, Micropterus coosae (Perciformes: Centrarchidae) species group, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3635(4):379-401. (Ref. 93229)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01230 (0.00595 - 0.02544), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .