Micropterus punctulatus
(Rafinesque 1819)
Family Centrarchidae

Lateral view of spotted bass
An adult, top, and juvenile, bottom, spotted bass are pictured above. These fish are now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection. Top: UF 238439 Bottom: UF 238187 Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The spotted bass is a member of the sunfish family. It has an elongate body and large mouth, with the upper jaw extending under the rear half of the eye. The body varies from silver-white to brassy green with dark olive mottling along the back and upper side. There is a black stripe along the side and rows of discrete black spots on the lower side body, with a black caudal spot. Spotted bass can be found in gravelly riffles, runs and pools of creeks and small to medium rivers.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Non-indigenous freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages
  • River Drainages — the Apalachicola River
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