Green Sunfish

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Green Sunfish

Description

Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) is a species of freshwater panfish of the sunfish family that is a popular among anglers and aquarium enthusiasts alike. Native to a wide area of North America east of the Rocky Mountains, this species prefers vegetated areas in sluggish backwaters, lakes, and ponds with gravel, sand, or bedrock bottoms. Green Sunfish like to hide around rocks, submerged logs, and other objects that provide cover and protection. These fish are easily distinguished by their blue-green back and yellowish sides. They usually grow to about 7-18 cm (3-7 in) in length and under 450 g (1 lb) in weight. The maximum recorded length of a Green Sunfish was about 30 cm (12 in), with a maximum recorded weight of 960 g (2.2 lb). The diet of Green Sunfish includes aquatic insects, crayfish, snails, zooplankton and invertebrates.

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