Aphredoderus sayanus is found only in North America and is believed to have occupied the Mississippi Valley before the ancestors of most modern-day fishes had migrated into the region (Pflieger, 1975). Today pirate perch are found throughout the lowlands and surrounding areas of the southeastern Ozarks, in lakes and pools east of the Mississippi River and as far south as eastern Texas.
Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native )
- Pflieger, W. 1975. The Fishes of Missouri.. Missouri: Missouri Department of Conservation.