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Sunfish, redear

13 in  Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, USA  14-December-2013  Chris Payne 13 in Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, USA 14-December-2013 Chris Payne

(Gunther, 1859); CENTRARCHIDAE FAMILY; also called shellcracker, stump knocker, yellow bream

This species is native to the U.S. Gulf states from Texas to Florida, including all of the Florida peninsula, and north to Indiana and North Carolina. Through introductions, the redear's range has been extended northward to the Great Lakes and transplanted populations also exist in the West.

This is a rather large sunfish known to reach over 4.5 lb (2.04 kg). As is typical of sunfishes, the redear has a small mouth, connected dorsal fins and a roundish, laterally compressed body. Its long, pointed, slightly falcate pectoral fins distinguish it from both the longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis) and the redbreast sunfish (L. auritus), which have short, roundish pectoral fins. The opercular flap is also much shorter than in the other two species and is black, with a red spot or margin at the tip. It can be distinguished from the similar looking pumpkinseed (L. gibbosus) by the fact that its gill cover flap is semi-flexible and can be bent at least to right angles, whereas the flap on the pumpkinseed is rigid. It also lacks the spots on the dorsal fin and the bluish emerald lines on the sides of the head that are characteristic of the pumpkinseed.

LengthLocationCatch DateAnglerKayak
13 in Lady Bird Lake, Austin, TX, USA 14-December-2013 Chris Payne Malibu Stealth 12
9 in Lake - Shelby Co, Kentucky, USA 14-June-2013 Joe Maione NuCanoe Frontier 10



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