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Florida Fish Species

Alligator Gar
American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Bluegill
Bowfin
Brown Bullhead
Brown Hoplo
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Clown Knifefish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Flier
Florida Gar
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Ladyfish
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Mayan Cichlid
Mozambique Tilapia
Oscar
Peacock Bass
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Shoal Bass
Spotted Bass
Spotted Sunfish
Spotted Tilapia
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Suwannee Bass
Threadfin Shad
Warmouth
White Bass
White Catfish
Yellow Bullhead

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Lake Blue Cypress
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Lake Buffum
Butler Chain
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Lake Carlton
Cat Lake
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Crescent Lake
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Dead Lakes
Deer Point Lake
Lake Denham
Lake Dexter
Lake Dias
Lake Disston
Doctors Lake
Lake Dora
Lake Dorr
East Lake Tohopekaliga
Edward Medard Reservoir
Ella Lake
Lake Eloise
Lake Eustis
Lake Fairview
Lake Fannie
Lake Geneva
Lake Gentry
Lake George
Lake Griffin
Lake Haines
Lake Hamilton
Lake Hancock
Lake Harney
Lake Harris
Lake Hart
Lake Hartridge
Lake Hatchineha
Lake Hellen Blazes
Holly Lake
Lake Howard
Lake Ida
Lake Idylwild
Lake Istokpoga
Lake Ivanhoe
Lake Jackson (Sebring)
Lake Jackson (Tallahassee)
Lake Jesup
John's Lake
Lake Josephine
Lake June-in-Winter
Kenansville Lake
Lake Kerr
Lake Kissimmee
Lake Lawne
Little Lake Harris
Lake Livingston
Lake Lizzie
Lochloosa Lake
Loughman Lake
Lake Louisa
Lowry Lake
Lake Marian
Lake Marion
Lake Mary Jane
Lake Mattie
Merritts Mill Pond
Lake Minnehaha
Lake Minneola
Lake Miona
Lake Monroe
Newnans Lake
Ocean Pond
Ocheesee Pond
Lake Okeechobee
Orange Lake
Lake Osborne
Lake Panasoffkee
Lake Parker
Lake Pierce
Lake Placid
Lake Poinsett
Puzzle Lake
Lake Reedy
Lake Rochelle
Rodman Reservoir
Lake Rosalie
Lake Rousseau
Lake Rowell
Lake Sampson
Lake Santa Fe
Sawgrass Lake
Sellers Lake
Lake Seminole
Shipp Lake
South Lake
Starke Lake
Stick Marsh
Lake Summit
Suwannee Lake
Lake Talquin
Lake Tarpon
Tenoroc Lakes
Lake Thonotosassa
Lake Tibet
Tiger Lake
Lake Tohopekaliga
Lake Trafford
Trout Lake (Osceola Cty)
Tsala Apopka Chain
Turkey Lake
Lake Underhill
Ward Lake (Bill Evers Reservoir)
Lake Washington
Lake Weir
Lake Weohyakapka
Wildcat Lake
Lake Winder
Lake Woodruff
Lake Yale
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Redear Sunfish
Redear are deep-bodied sunfish similar to bluegills and have a relatively small mouth. Color ranges from dark olive green above to almost white on the belly. The dorsal fin is normally equipped with 10 spines and it is broadly connected to the soft dorsal fin. The earflap has a distinct red edge.
 
Snails are often a major food item, which explains the name "shellcracker." Insects area also part of their diet, although they rarely rise to the surface as other sunfish. Redears prefer the bottom of warm waters heavy with aquatic vegetation. Sexual maturity is reached by the end of their second year. Spawning occurs in late spring or early summer on saucer-shaped depressions in deeper water than most sunfish.
 

Redear Sunfish in Florida

The following is courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission:
 
Appearance: A bright red mark on the back edge of the gill cover is very distinctive.
 
Habitat:  Redear prefer hard bottoms, congregating in deeper water than bluegill.
 
Behavior:  They prefer snails and clams, giving them their common nickname. Shellcracker grow larger than bluegill, with fish over 1 pound common.
 
State Record:  4.86 lbs. Big Catch: 12 inches or 2.25 lbs.
 


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