Lepomis gulosus (Cuvier, 1829)
photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF

Family:  Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)
Max. size:  31 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,110.0 g
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; pH range: 7 - 7.5; dH range: 10 - 20
Distribution:  North America: Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins from western Pennsylvania to Minnesota in the USA, and south to the Gulf of Mexico; Atlantic and Gulf drainages from Rappahannock River in Virginia to Rio Grande in Texas and New Mexico, USA.
Biology:  Adults are usually found over mud in vegetated lakes, ponds, swamps and quiet water areas of streams.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 20 February 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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