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Fish Identification

Redear sunfish (Shellcracker)

Redear sunfish have a compressed body with a rounded profile, and long pointed pectoral fins. They have an olive back with a yellow breast, and the pale to yellowish sides are marked with brownish spots or bars. They can be distinguished from most other sunfish by the dark ear flap with a distinct red or orange margin and from the similar pumpkinseed by not having blue lines on the head.

Scientific Name:  Lepomis microlophus

Adult size: 5-17 inches

Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state.

Current State Record Information

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