Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Centrarchidae
Etymology: Lepomis: Greek, lepis = scaled + Greek, poma = gill cover, operculum (Ref. 45335, 79012); auritus: auritus meaning eared (Ref. 10294).
Environment / Climate / Range
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)
North America: Eastern Rivers of USA and Canada. At least one country reports adverse ecological impact after introduction.
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).
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)
Threat to humans
Potential pest (Ref. 1986)
Gamefish: yes; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01580 (0.00844 - 0.02959), b=3.10 (2.94 - 3.26), 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) .