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Common Fish Species of Northwestern Ontario

MAMMALS

BIRDS

REPTILES

INSECTS

   
Lepomis gibbosus
Pumpkinseed

Pumpkinseed

Description

Distinguishing Features - A member of the sunfish family. Body blue-green with orange spots; wavy blue vertical lines on cheeks; rows of dark spots on the rear dorsal fin. The breast turns orange in males during spawning.

Size - Maximum Weight - .5 kg (1 lb).

Habitat

Widespread in the western extremities of NW Ontario, near the Manitoba border, in quiet, weedy pools of rivers and lakes, or around docks. Feed on insects, worms, snails and minnows.

Notes

The name is derived from the body shape.


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