Green Sunfish


Other Common Names:

Shade perch, black perch, slicks, ricefield slick, mud bass, rubber-tail, bluespotted sunfish, pond perch, green perch, sand bass, sunfish


Scientific Name:

Lepomis cyanellus



Insects, small fish



Found in a large selection of waters such as small brooks to large lakes. Prefers weed shorelines or rocky cover rather than open water.



Rarely exceeds 7 inches in length



Bluish green back and sides with white to light yellow belly; sides of the head mottled with emerald and yellow streaks; black ear flap has a whitish or yellowish margin; leading edges of the dorsal, anal and caudal fins typically whitish or yellow-orange


Photo & text Courtesy of

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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