Bartram’s 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. Bartram’s Bass differ from all other bass species in that the caudal fin lacks notable spotting and has a narrow pale lower margin; the second dorsal, caudal, and anal fins usually have some orange to yellow coloration on their outer portions.
Scientific Name: Micropterus sp. cf. cataractae
Adult Size: 5-16 inches
Distribution: Bartram's bass are found above the fall line in the Savannah river basins.
Current State Record Information: none currently on file
Image: © Joseph R. Tomelleri
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