White crappie have a compressed body, arched back, dorsal and anal fins of similar size and shape, five or six dorsal spines, and a large mouth with an upper jaw extending under the eye. The sides are marked with irregular vertical bands, and the fins are marked with spots or bands. They are most similar to black crappie, which do not have vertical bands on their sides and have seven or eight dorsal spines.
Scientific Name: Pomoxis annularis
Adult size: 6-21 inches
Distribution: Native to the Coosa and Tennessee River basins; scattered introductions in other parts of the state
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