Re: NANFA-- Hybrid Crappie ID

R. W. Wolff (
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:42:24 -0500

That would depend, and since there is possibly only one spine difference,
that would not be a good way to determine. Hybrid crappie I have seen have
squarish fins, kind of odd looking , since black crappie and white somtimes
have squarish fins. The color is intermediate, as is shape of head and body.
THis helps little I know. The best way is to compare an actual black crappie
( 7-8 dorsal spines) to a white crappie ( 6 dorsal spines). I find it much
easier to tell them apart by the shape of the body and head, and the
coloration. Blacks are rounded with a smooth form. Whites are elongated with
an angular nape that makes the mouth looke really upturned. The blacks have
a greenish sheen , where as whites have a bluish purple sheen. This is
further complicated if the fish is small.
Hope this was a bit of help.
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