Animalia > Chordata > Perciformes > Centrarchidae > Lepomis > Lepomis punctatus

Lepomis punctatus (Spotted sunfish)

Synonyms: Bryttus punctatus; Bryttus reticulatus; Lepomis apiatus; Lepomis punctatus punctatus; Sclerotis punctatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The spotted sunfish (Lepomis punctatus) is a member of the freshwater sunfish family Centrarchidae and order perciformes. The redbreast sunfish, bluegill and red-spotted sunfish are closely related species.Lepomis punctatus is olive-green to brown in color with black to reddish spots at the base of each scale that form rows of dots on the side. The scientific name punctatus refers to this spotted pattern. It was first described in 1831 by Valenciennes.
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Adult Length [1]  8 inches (20 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In a nest
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Polyphils
Brood Guarder [1]  Yes
Litter Size [1]  15,000
Maximum Longevity [1]  5 years
Diet [2]  Omnivore, Planktivore, Detritivore
Female Maturity [1]  2 years

Protected Areas

Prey / Diet

Gammarus mucronatus[3]
Hargeria rapax[3]
Mytilopsis leucophaeata (Brackish water mussel)[3]
Rhithropanopeus harrisii (estuarine mud crab)[3]


Alligator mississippiensis (Alligator, Gator, American alligator, Florida alligator, Mississippi alligator, Louisiana alligator.)[3]
Mycteria americana (Wood Stork)[3]


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Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0