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Fish Identification

Redbreast sunfish

Redbreast sunfish have a compressed body with a rounded profile, greenish back with yellow-olive sides and a reddish-orange belly. They have wavy blue-green lines on the snout and cheeks, and a long narrow ear flap that is no wider than the eye, which can exceed an inch in length and is entirely dark at the tip. The similar longear sunfish has an ear flap with a pale margin throughout its length.

Scientific Name:  Lepomis auritus

Adult size: 2-12 inches

Distribution: Native to most of the state; Introduced in the Coosa and Tennessee River basins

Current State Record Information

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