Re: NANFA-- Help with Sunny ID

Ty Hall (
Tue, 06 Apr 2004 16:21:51 -0500

Good point. There are variations within any species. Some are slight while others
are more pronounced. Ad to that the fact that juveniles can be dramatically
different from parents and it makes ID young fish darn near impossible. Although
Ray is about as close to being able to do it regularly, as anyone I have ever met.


Bruce Stallsmith wrote:

> 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
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