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Re: NFC: identity crisis (fwd)


Sounds like you might have some small bluegills.  Look at the pectoral
fins, the ones on either side near the gills.  Are they long and pointed as
compared to your longear sunfish?  If so, they're probably blugills.  If
not, my next guess would be bantam sunfish, Lepomis symmetricus.    Where
did your fish come from?  Another species with a spot on the dorsal is the
flier, Centrarchus macropterus.  See
t/i_cmacro.html for a picture of that one.

>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Sun, 07 Feb 1999 20:08:08 -0600
>From: Christy Bennett <christyb at tranquility_net>
>To: nfc at actwin_com
>Subject: identity crisis
>    I enjoy raising and caring for my sunfish and bass, however I have 3
>of which no matter what topic I search on I can't seem to identify
>them.  I thought they were crappies, but the position of the dorsal fin
>is wrong, as well as, the shape. I will do my best to describe them.
>    They are a bluish black depending on the angle of light.  The shape
>of the dorsal is same as the pics of blue gills I have managed to find,
>keeping this in mind, on the rounded part of the dorsal is a black spot
>where the rounded edge of the fin meets the body.  Also they do have the
>characteristic black spot on the gill plate.  When hit just right by the
>light they have vertical stripes to them, which seem to be fading as
>they get older.
>    Of the three one is still very small and more a silver with the
>vertical black stripes and has yet to get the spot on the dorsal and the
>spot on the gill plate seem to grow with the fishes' gill plate.  I have
>had one of the bigger ones from the size of the smaller one.  Now the
>lager ones have what seems to be an light blue stripe that follows the
>lower lip? around to the bottom of the gill plates.
>    Can you identify them?  I hope so.  They do seem to have the same
>temperament as my longear sunfishes, in that they are very territorial
>and feisty.  I thank you for your time and look forward to your response
>to my query.
>                            Sincerely.
>                                ChristyB.

Mark Binkley
Columbus Ohio USA          <))><
mbinkley at earthling_net