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#1 pitt20

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:04 PM

When I was sampling in Florida I caught a small sunfish. It was dark in color and about an inch long. It had uniform rows of small spots that were visible upon close inspection. Would anyone know what this could possibly be? It was caught in the blackwater river drainage in Milton, FL. I was thinking redspotted sunfish just based on the spots but I'm not very good at identifying very small sunfish.

#2 gerald

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 07:39 PM

Even WITH decent pics baby sunfish are tricky to ID.  "Dark with spots" ???  Come on pitt, we need more than THAT to go on!

Even some normally light-colored species can turn quite dark in dark-colored water.

How about the shape of rear edge of tail?  rounded (convex), flat/straight, concave (emarginate)?

Gerald Pottern
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#3 pitt20

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 10:03 PM

The tail was concave. I know it's not Enneacanthus because I caught a bluespotted sunfish in the same net and they were very distinct. Based on the species in the drainage I was in it could be a bluegill, redspotted, spotted, green, dollar, redear, or longear. The water was very dark so that could have factored into the dark color.

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#4 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:23 AM

If the sides of the fish were SPOTTED... my friend Occam would be willing to tell you...
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#5 Dustin

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:41 AM

I thought that there were only spotteds in FL, no redspotted.  

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#6 centrarchid

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:30 PM

Picture is a must.  Time wasting otherwise.

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