Lepomis megalotis (Rafinesque, 1820)
Longear sunfish
photo by Sneegas, G.W.

Family:  Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)
Max. size:  24 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 790.0 g; max. reported age: 6 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  North America: northeastern Mexico and north to the Great Lakes.
Biology:  Nearly always found in shallow water, preferring habitats with dense vegetation in small lakes, ponds and slow moving rivers and streams. Feed on small aquatic invertebrates, insects, and occasionally small fishes. (Ref. 4543, 10294).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 06 October 2018 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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