In nature, longear sunfish have been seen to hide in aquatic plants near hard structures (like stumps or woody debris) or in otherwise shaded areas to avoid predation. They also will dart into deeper waters when threatened. Predators of longear sunfish, like Micropterus salmoides and ardeidae hunt using their sight and the brightly colored longear sunfish probably benefits by hiding where it is less likely to be spotted. Adult longear sunfish have been shown to occupy deeper, and thus darker, waters in the mornings and evenings when large predators are most active. Spawning occurs in shallow waters. The shallowness of the waters may give longear sunfish nests and eggs some protection from larger aquatic predators.
- largemouth bass (Micropterus_salmoides)
- wading birds (Ardeidae)
- largemouth bass (Micropterus_dolomieu)
- Witt Jr., A., R. Marzolf. 1954. Spawning and Behavior of the Longear Sunfish, *Lepomis megalotis megalotis*. Copeia, 1954(3): 188-190.
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