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Fish Identification

Green SunfishGreen sunfish

Green sunfish have a compressed body with an oval profile, greenish back and sides, white to yellowish belly, scattered blue-green markings on the side, and wavy blue-green lines on the snout and cheek. The ear flap is dark with a pale margin, and there is a prominent dark spot in the rear dorsal and anal fins.

Scientific Name:  Lepomis cyanellus

Adult size: 5-12 inches

Distribution: Native to the Coosa and Tennessee River basins; introduced through most of the state.

Current State Record Information

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