NANFA-L-- Crappie Identification (was Crappie Feeding)

Subject: NANFA-L-- Crappie Identification (was Crappie Feeding)
Date: Wed Dec 15 2004 - 13:17:59 CST

Can you count the number of spines in the anal fin? Most of the sunfish
(Lepomis species, anyway) will have 3 spines (hardened, fused rays) in the
front of the fin.

Crappie (Pomoxis species) will have 5 or 6.

Steve Haslouer
Topeka, KS 66612-1367


Actually, white crappie may have, as you put it, "zebra stripes." So may
several other species of sunfish.


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Rose, Patrick PO" <>
> larges one of them has started getting some color in him, although
> it is
> very faint he/she has little zebra strips starting-in-the top of
> his back
> and going down. I don't think that I saw anything that said that a
> crappiewould have these even as babies.

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