Orangespotted Sunfish


Other Common Names:

Redspotted sunfish, dwarf sunfish, pigmy sunfish, sunperch


Scientific Name:

Lepomis humilis



Average length is 2 inches



Large mouth that extends to front of eye when closed; spiny dorsal fin with 10 spines, directly connected to soft part of fin; long gill flap with vivid orange spots on the side; medium gill raker length; sides olive colored with fine golden or emerald dots


Photo and 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


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