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Commonly Asked Questions

Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
  • Overhead River Habitat (River Scout)

Range / Habitat

  • Redbreast sunfish is a freshwater fish occurring in eastern rivers in the U. S. and Canada, including the Gulf of Mexico drainage. It is considered to be a locally common species.
  • This species is found in rocky and sandy pools of creeks and small to medium rivers. Also inhabits in the rocky and vegetated margins of lakes.

Physical Characteristics

  • Redbreast sunfish can reach lengths of 12 inches (30.5 cm) and weights of 28 oz. (790 g).
  • Dark olive dorsally with yellow flecks; rows of red-brown to orange spots are displayed on the upper sides.
  • The male has a bright orange breast and belly as well as orange fins when spawning.

Diet / Feeding

  • Feeds on insects and snails, as well as planktonic insect larvae.

Reproduction / Growth

  • The female lays about 1,000 eggs in a depression nest created by the male. The male also guards the eggs and young.

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Freshwater Fishes – Peterson Field Guides. Page, L. M. and Burr, B. M., pg. 272