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Warmouth
Warmouth,  Lepomis gulosus

 
Physical Description: 
	Deep, compressed body
	Black opercular spot
	Large, terminal mouth
	Large eye
	Tail fin lobes rounded
	Pectoral fin rounded
	Dark stripes on cheek
	Dark mottling on body
	Some mottling on fins

Similar species: 
	Longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis)
	Redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus)

Mean body size:
	Adults are 85-200 mm total length 

Habitat:
	Found in pools of low gradient streams and in ponds and lakes

Distribution in VA:
	Roanoke, Chowan, and James drainages and the Dismal Swamp 
	Introduced to the York, Rappahannock, Potomac, New, and Tennessee drainages

Food Habits:  
	Plankton and insects when young
	Adults eat insects, snails, crayfish, and fish 

Reproductive Habits: 
	Mature at age 1 or 2 
	Spawning occurs mid-spring through summer      
	Males build nests in cover
	Fecundity is 4,500-63,200 eggs per female per year

Population Status, Economic, or Ecological Importance: 
	Widely stocked 

References:       

Jenkins, R.E and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.



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