Longear Sunfish


Other Common Names:

Sunperch, pumpkinseed, creek perch


Scientific Name:

Lepomis megalotis



Feeds mainly on insects



Prefers clear, gravel bottom streams and lakes



Average length is 5-7 inches



Moderate-sized mouth that nearly extends to front of eye when closed; spiny dorsal fin with 10 spines, connected to soft part in a continuous fin; blue-green sides with yellow or orange belly; sides speckled with yellow


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

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


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