Scientific Name: Lepomis auritus
Taxonomy Group: Fishes
Range: New Brunswick
Last COSEWIC Assessment: April 2008
Last COSEWIC Designation: Data Deficient
SARA Status: Schedule 3, Special Concern
- (SARA Schedule 1 provisions do not apply)
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The redbreast sunfish is a relatively small fish with a deep, laterally compressed body, which is golden brown to olive in colour, with the back being darker and the sides lighter. There are often inconspicuous reddish spots and bluish streaks along the sides, being most prominent on the head. The ventral surface, or breast, may vary from a yellowish hue to a bright orange-red from which it derives its common name. It is easily distinguished from other sunfishes by the long, narrow, opercular flap (gill cover) that is entirely black, lacking a coloured band around the border as found in some other species. The average size is 130 to 180 mm total length.