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Not a pumpkinseed ( Leponis gibbosus)?

Posted by greenrosettas about 3 years ago (Flag)
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That was my first guess, but I am not a fish guy so I was leaning on others comments. I will pull my ID and let some others comment. Please make your vote count if you feel that is what it is.

Posted by rcurtis about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Well honestly it is hard to say I lean towards pumpkinseed on it's coloration, but to key them out you need to look at their fins.

http://bio.slu.edu/mayden/sunfish/sun_key/1.html

Posted by greenrosettas about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Oops

Posted by rcurtis about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Lepomis - Photo (c) Cliff, some rights reserved (CC BY)
rcurtis's ID: Genus Lepomis, a member of Sunfishes (Family Centrarchidae)
Posted by rcurtis about 3 years ago (Flag)
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The vertical bars are pretty prominent and I'm not seeing much in the way of blue lines across the cheek that would be typical of Lepomis gibbosus. I'm also not seeing any indication of an orange spot on the opercular flap, although this can sometimes be slight. They do also hybridize pretty readily. It looks more like a nicely colored adult Bluegill to me, albeit I can see some characteristics of a pumpkinseed.

Posted by sagamoreoh about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Lepomis - Photo (c) Cliff, some rights reserved (CC BY)
sagamoreoh's ID: Genus Lepomis, a member of Sunfishes (Family Centrarchidae)
Posted by sagamoreoh about 3 years ago (Flag)
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I passed the photo on to a fisheries colleague who agrees there seems to be clear indication of pumpkinseed in it despite the seeming lack of an opercular spot. Without having the fish in hand, the best guess is hybrid or weakly colored pumpkinseed. Good catch, greenrosettas.

Posted by sagamoreoh about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks for all the discussion. I definitely learned something.

Posted by rcurtis about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Good stuff, you know I actually miss catching these fish. I used to be annoyed to no end when I reeled in these little guys because they would be stealing my bait. Since moving to California from Maine, I never get out and fish anymore. I really ought to invest in a pole again and dip my line.

Posted by greenrosettas about 3 years ago (Flag)
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Lepomis - Photo (c) Cliff, some rights reserved (CC BY)
blanchardjesse's ID: Genus Lepomis, a member of Sunfishes (Family Centrarchidae)
Posted by blanchardjesse over 1 year ago (Flag)
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I lean toward Lepomis megalotis, the longear sunfish. It lacks the pumpkinseed markings I'd look for and the earspot is englongated which rules out many other Lepomis spp. That said, I'd have to check the gill rakers and meristic counts to be certain. Or have a less blurry picture.

Posted by blanchardjesse over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Lepomis - Photo (c) Cliff, some rights reserved (CC BY)
rcurtis's ID: Genus Lepomis, a member of Sunfishes (Family Centrarchidae)
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Community ID: Genus Lepomis, a member of Sunfishes (Family Centrarchidae)
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