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Morone mississippiensis  Jordan & Eigenmann, 1887

Yellow bass
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Moronidae (Temperate basses)
Etymology: mississippiensis: mississippiensis referring to the Mississippi River (Ref. 10294).   More on author: Jordan, Eigenmann.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Subtropical; 45°N - 27°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 46.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 23.9 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. published weight: 11.0 kg (Ref. 4699); max. reported age: 7 years (Ref. 72462)

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North America: Lake Michigan and Mississippi River basins from Wisconsin and Minnesota south to the Gulf in the USA; east to Indiana and Tennessee and west to Iowa and Oklahoma in the USA. Lower Mobile Bay drainage in Alabama and from Pearl River drainage in Louisiana to Galveston Bay drainage in Texas, USA.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occur in pools and backwaters of small to large rivers; also in ponds and lakes (Ref. 5723, 10294). Young feed on microcrustaceans and midge larvae; adults on fish such as shad and silversides (Ref. 10294).

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Assuming same mode of reproduction as in M. saxatilis.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Heemstra, Phillip C. | Collaborators

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. (Ref. 5723)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5781   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01148 (0.00616 - 0.02140), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), based on LWR estimates for species & (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.1   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=6).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .