Common name: Redspotted Sunfish
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Identification: Pflieger (1975); Page and Burr (1991); Warren (1992); Etnier and Starnes (1993); recently distinguished from L. punctatus as a separate species (Warren 1992).
Size: 20 cm.
Native Range: Western spotted sunfish are native to the Illinois River in Illinois, ranging south through the Mississippi River and along the Gulf Coast from Alabama to Texas (Warren 1992).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Lepomis miniatus are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown; possibly stock contamination.
Status: Established in Indiana; reported in Kentucky.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Red River Authority of Texas. 2001. Red and Canadian Basins Fish Inventory: Cottle County. Red River Authority of Texas.
Red River Authority of Texas. 2001. Red and Canadian Basins Fish Inventory: Grayson County. Red River Authority of Texas.
Red River Authority of Texas. 2001. Red and Canadian Basins Fish Inventory: Red River County. Red River Authority of Texas.
Pam Fuller, and Matt Cannister
Revision Date: 12/16/2010
Peer Review Date: 12/16/2010
Pam Fuller, and Matt Cannister, 2023, Lepomis miniatus (Jordan, 1877): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=391, Revision Date: 12/16/2010, Peer Review Date: 12/16/2010, Access Date: 3/26/2023
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