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Identification: A large, robust sunfish with a large mouth. The upper jaw extends to about the middle of the eye. A large black spot is present at the rear of the soft dorsal fin. The soft dorsal, anal, and caudal fins have yellow to orange margins. Pectoral fins are short and rounded. Adults can grow to 12 in. (2 lbs.), but usually reach 8-10 in.
Distribution and Habitat: Common statewide, inhabiting virtually all types of water bodies. The Green Sunfish is extremely adaptable and tolerant of extremes in turbidity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, and flow. It reaches greatest abundance in small sluggish streams and ponds, usually where few other sunfish occur.