Redeye bass are olive green to bronze with pale bellies, have a series of dark vertical blotches along their sides that usually disappear with age, and have numerous small dark spots below the lateral line that form horizontal rows. The upper jaw does not extend beyond the eyes, the dorsal fin is continuous and not deeply notched, and lateral blotches do not form a horizontal band. Redeye bass differ from all other bass species in that the second dorsal, caudal, and anal fins have brick red coloration on the outer portions with white edges.
Scientific Name: Micropterus coosae
Adult Size: 5-16 inches
Distribution: Redeye bass are found in the Coosa river basin; and have been introduced into the Tennessee River basin.
Images: © Joseph R. Tomelleri
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