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  • Lepomis punctatus
  • Lepomis punctatus
  • Lepomis punctatus
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Scientific Name Lepomis punctatus  (Valenciennes, 1831)
Common Names Spotted Sunfish
Type Locality No locality [probably Charleston, South Carolina].
Pronunciation leh poe miss.
Etymology Lepomis is from Greek, lepis meaning scaled and poma meaning gill cover or operculum. 
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Size 200mm or 7.9" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
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Distribution North America: Atlantic and Gulf Slope drainages from Cape Fear River in North Carolina to Nueces River in Texas, north in Mississippi River basin to central Illinois in the USA.
IUCN Red List Category Least Concern, range map and more is available on the IUCN species page. Last assessed 2012.
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Breeding In nature, once water temperatures rise to 70-75°F (normally spring) males will excavate nests in the substrate. Multiple females will them spawn with one male. The male will then be the sole protector and caretaker of the eggs and the fry until the fry are a few weeks old.
Breeding Reports There is no breeding report.
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Reference Histoire naturelle des poissons v. 7, pp 462.
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Last Update 2017 Aug 15 13:02 (species record created: 2014 Aug 15 11:36)