Spotted sunfish have a compressed body with an rounded profile, olive green back and sides, and a yellow to orange belly. The ear flap is short and dark with a pale margin. They can be distinguished from all other sunfish by the numerous small dark to reddish spots on the sides that follow the scale rows, scattered dark spots on the cheek, and a distinct blue crescent mark on the lower margin of the eye.
Scientific Name: Lepomis punctatus
Adult size: 2-8 inches
Distribution: Found in warm waters throughout the state, except for the northeast.
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