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Fish Identification

Tallapoosa bass

Tallapoosa bass are olive green to bronze with pale bellies that sometimes have a bluish tint, have a series of dark vertical blotches along their sides that may fade with age, and have numerous small dark spots below the lateral line that form horizontal rows. The upper jaw does not extend beyond the eyes, the dorsal fin is continuous and not deeply notched, and lateral blotches do not form a horizontal band. Tallapoosa Bass differ from all other bass species in that the second dorsal, caudal, and anal fins have yellow-green coloration with white edges.

Scientific Name: Micropterus tallapoosae

Adult Size: 5-16 inches

Distribution: Tallapoosa bass are found in the Tallapoosa River basin.

Current State Record Information: none currently on file

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