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Sunfish Identification.

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#1 Veritas1980

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  • Houston, TX

Posted 03 May 2021 - 01:56 PM

Let me preface this with the following facts.


There are no endangered or threatened sunfish in texas.

It is legal to keep them in aquariums because they are not considered game fish.

I also have a valid fishing license, so I am allowed to collect non-game species.


That said, I keep sunfiish in aquariums, sometimes with shiners as dithers. I very much enjoy raising them. I give them a good healthy life.


I have this one that snuck in with some gambusia, as a pinky nail-sized fry and managed to survive with my warmouths. I am having trouble identifying it, my best guess being a redear (Lepomis microlophus). If anyone can either confirm or provide an alternate ID, I would be appreciative.




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Edited by Veritas1980, 03 May 2021 - 01:58 PM.

#2 keepnatives

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 02:14 PM

I had a tough time seeing it but does it have a blue line under the eye it looks like it might be a spotted or redspot sunfish. 

Mike Lucas
Mohawk-Hudson Watershed
Schenectady NY

#3 UncleWillie

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  • Georgia

Posted 03 May 2021 - 02:34 PM

I think Mike is on the money!  Lepomis miniatus.  I'm not sure if puntatus are in TX or not.

Willie P

#4 Veritas1980

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  • Houston, TX

Posted 03 May 2021 - 02:43 PM

Wow that was fast. Also, I think you're right. this means it will probably max out at about 6 inches. I'll probably end up moving it to another tank if I see signs of spawning in the warmouths. Thank you both!

#5 centrarchid

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Posted 05 May 2021 - 09:23 AM

Adult male Redspotted Sunfish Lepomis miniatus.

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