Size12 inches (30.5 cm)
DietInsects, snails, planktonic insect larvae
HabitatRocky and sandy pools of creeks, small to medium rivers
- 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.
The male redbreast sunfish guards the eggs and young.
- Feeds on insects and snails, as well as planktonic insect larvae.
- 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.
- The female lays about 1,000 eggs in a depression nest created by the male. The male also guards the eggs and young.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Freshwater Fishes – Peterson Field Guides. Page, L. M. and Burr, B. M., pg. 272