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Lepomis auritus  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Redbreast sunfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Centrarchidae (Sunfishes)
Etymology: Lepomis: Greek, lepis = scaled + Greek, poma = gill cover, operculum (Ref. 45335, 79012);  auritus: auritus meaning eared (Ref. 10294).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.0 - 7.5; dH range: 15 - ?.   Temperate; 4°C - 22°C (Ref. 2060); 47°N - 28°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 10.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. published weight: 790.00 g (Ref. 4699)

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North America: Eastern Rivers of USA and Canada. At least one country reports adverse ecological impact after introduction.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Rocky and sandy pools of creeks and small to medium rivers; rocky and vegetated lake margins (Ref. 5723). Adults feed on terrestrial insects and both immature and adult aquatic insects, particularly larger varieties such as mayflies and dragonflies. Juveniles consume benthic organisms such as dipteran larvae (Ref. 10294).

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Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Potential pest (Ref. 1986)




Human uses

Gamefish: yes; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01445 (0.00837 - 0.02496), b=3.12 (2.97 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.4 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Fec=1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.