Friday, November 2, 2012

Bluegill Sunfish Facts

Male Bluegill Sunfish

The bluegill sunfish is one of the most colorful and popular freshwater fish species that is native to North America.

 Bluegill Sunfish Facts:

 - scientific name: Lepomis macrochirus
 - bluegill are members of the sunfish family which includes black bass, crappie, and others.
 - common names include bluegill, sunfish, bream, brim, sunny, sun perch
 - recognized as the state fish of Illinois
 - under optimum conditions, bluegill sunfish can grow to 9 inches in one year
 - average lifespan is four to six years
 - adults have a dark opercular (or ear) fin, with a dark margin
 - bluegill can hybridize with other sunfish including green sunfish, orangespotted sunfish, redear sunfish, longear sunfish, and pumpkinseeds
 - bluegills are native to eastern and central North America
 - the species has been introduced throughout North America, Europe and South Africa
 - the species is usually found in slow moving or still water with aquatic vegetation

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