English : Smallmouth bass
French : Achigan à petite bouche
Class : Teleostei
Order : Centrarchiformes
Family : Centrarchidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults can reach up to 69 cm in length for a weight of 5.4 kg. Body and head shape is grouper-like with large mouth and big lips. Coloration is olive-brown with indistinct markings on flanks. Dark broad bands on cheeks, white chin.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in North America, from St Lawrence river and great Lakes to east USA, south to Mississippi river. Lives in large clear lakes and deep waters of rivers with lots of cover.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is very common and its populations are either stable to slightly declining throughout its range.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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