Ponds and Lakes Animals

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Class: Fishes: 4 classes Diet: Crustaceans, fish, frogs, aquatic invertebrates
Order: Perciformes: Perch-like fishes
Size: 25.5 - 46 cm (10 - 18 in)
Family: No Fish family information Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Micropterus salmoides Habitat: shallow lakes, ponds, rivers
Range: Southeastern Canada; USA: Great Lakes area, south to Gulf of Mexico; introduced in other areas of USA and in Europe and Africa

Size of Largemouth BassA member of the sunfish family, the largemouth bass is usually greenish and silvery in coloration, with a dark band along each side; its dorsal fin is divided almost in two by a notch. A predatory fish, it feeds on crustaceans and other invertebrates when young, gradually progressing to fish, frogs and larger invertebrates when mature.  Spawning takes place in spring or early summer, depending on temperature and latitude. The male excavates a nest in sand or gravel in shallow water and attracts a female to his nest to lay her eggs, usually a few hundred. The male fertilizes the eggs and may then attract more females to his nest. The sticky-surfaced eggs attach themselves to the bottom of the nest and are guarded by the male until they hatch, 7 to 10 days after laying.

Range of Largemouth Bass
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