Micropterus notius
Bailey and Hubbs 1949
Family Centrarchidae

Lateral view of Suwannee bass
The photo above shows an adult, top, and juvenile, bottom, Suwannee bass. These fish are now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection. Top: UF 238454 Bottom: UF 236675 Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The Suwanee bass is a member of the sunfish family. It has an elongate body and a large mouth with an upper jaw extending to the rear of the eye. The body varies from greenish-white to brown with a broad black stripe along the side, and there are rows of black spots or vermiculations on the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. Large males have a bright turquoise cheek, breast and belly. Suwannee bass can be found in rocky riffles, runs and pools of spring-fed small to medium rivers.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Native freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages
  • River Drainages — Ochlockonee River, minor Gulf tributaries and the Suwannee River
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