Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:375
Specimens with Barcodes:366
Species With Barcodes:13
Some Lepomis species can grow to a maximum overall length of 41 cm (16 in), though most average around 10–20 cm (3.9–7.9 in). They are widely distributed throughout the lakes and rivers of the United States and Canada, and several species have been transplanted and flourished around the world, even becoming pests. Trade in some Lepomis species is prohibited in Germany for this reason. Many are sought by anglers as panfish, and large numbers are bred to stock lakes, rivers, and tributaries.
There are currently 13 recognized species in this genus:
- Lepomis auritus (Linnaeus, 1758) (redbreast sunfish)
- Lepomis cyanellus Rafinesque, 1819 (green sunfish)
- Lepomis gibbosus (Linnaeus, 1758) (pumpkinseed)
- Lepomis gulosus (G. Cuvier, 1829) (warmouth)
- Lepomis humilis (Girard, 1858) (orangespotted sunfish)
- Lepomis macrochirus Rafinesque, 1819 (bluegill)
- Lepomis marginatus (Holbrook, 1855) (dollar sunfish)
- Lepomis megalotis (Rafinesque, 1820) (longear sunfish)
- Lepomis microlophus (Günther, 1859) (redear sunfish)
- Lepomis miniatus (D. S. Jordan, 1877) (redspotted sunfish)
- Lepomis peltastes Cope, 1870 (northern sunfish)
- Lepomis punctatus (Valenciennes, 1831) (spotted sunfish)
- Lepomis symmetricus S. A. Forbes, 1883 (bantam sunfish)
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