Redbreast Sunfish

Red Breast Sunfish

Common Name: Redbreast Sunfish

Other Names: Yellowbelly Sunfish, Longear Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis auritus

Origin: Native

Adult Size: Size is typically between 5 and 7 inches in Maine

Identification: The redbreast sunfish is very deep-bodied and strongly compressed laterally. The opercle, or gill cover, is long and black with no colored border. The body is usually golden brown to olive, with the dorsal surface darker. Sides are lighter in color with small reddish spots, vague blue streaks, and a yellow to orange-red breast.