Lepomis - Native Sunfish


Information Last Reviewed Spring 2007




Preferred Environment

North American Distribution







Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Perciformes

Family: Centrarchidae

Genus: Lepomis

Species found in United States: L. auritus, L. cyanellus, L. gibbosus, L. gulosus, L. humilis, L. macrochirus, L. marginatus, L. megalotis, L. microlophus, L. miniatus, L. punctatus, L. symmetricus










Distinguishing Characteristics

Genus Lepomis can be distinguished from invasive cichlids by:




Preferred Environment:





North American Distribution:







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