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); megalotis: megalotis meaning great ear, referring to the large opercular lobe (Ref. 10294).
Lepomis peltastes Cope, 1870 is considered as a valid species in Page & Burr (2011: Ref. 86798).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic. Temperate; 51°N - 26°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 11.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4543); max. published weight: 790 g (Ref. 4699); max. reported age: 6 years (Ref. 12193)
North America: northeastern Mexico and north to the Great Lakes.
Nearly always found in shallow water, preferring habitats with dense vegetation in small lakes, ponds and slow moving rivers and streams. Feed on small aquatic invertebrates, insects, and occasionally small fishes. (Ref. 4543, 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
Aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
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=0.02347 (-0.07642 - 0.12335), b=3.00 (2.94 - 3.07), based on LWR estimates for this species (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.52 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.14-0.24; tmax=6).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .