Re: NANFA-- Help with Sunny ID

Bruce Stallsmith (
Tue, 06 Apr 2004 16:34:23 -0400

Lepomis species can and do hybridize in nature, but I just don't think it's
all that common an occurence. That all begs the question of what these two
fish are, I certainly have no strong opinion from the photos. But in three
years of working with hundreds of bluegills and pumpkinseeds in two ponds in
Massachusetts I never saw an individual fish that wasn't convincingly one or
the other. Sometimes I think we confuse natural variation within a species
with hybridization. As always, your mileage may vary...

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>From: Michael Sandel <>
>Subject: Re: NANFA-- Help with Sunny ID
>Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 12:55:27 -0700 (PDT)
>I would have to agree with Ray.
>Best I can do is:
>Lepomis sp.~ Bluegill/Dollar Sunfish
>-sunny- ~ 3 way hybrid, probably consisting of L. macrochirus and
>....that is of course hoping you were in marginatus territory....
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