Lepomis gibbosus
Family Centrarchidae

* Body short and compressed.
* Back dark greenish gold, mottled with reddish orange.
* Sides greenish yellow, mottled with orange and turquoise. Belly yellow-orange.
* Head small, with the mouth extending to the eye, cheeks with wavy bluish lines.
* Pectoral fin long and pointed.
* Body length: To 10".

Natural History:
* Habitat: Cool, quiet, shallow water; slow streams, ponds, marshes, and lakes.
* Range: Southeastern Canada and much of eastern United States.
* Widely introduced.

* Pumkinseeds will hook on to a variety of bait. The largest recorded specimen caught in Lake Waban weighed one pound.


Created by: Niki Zhou and Carla Holleran
Maintained by: Nick Rodenhouse
Created: June 25, 2004
Last Modified: August 7, 2004
Expries: June 1, 2005