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Redbreast sunfish

Lepomis auritus

(Linnaeus, 1758)

redbreast sunfish Species Photo


Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Alternate Names: yellowbelly sunfish, redbreast, yellowbreast sunfish, red throat



redbreast sunfish Region Map


The redbreast sunfish is considered native to all Atlantic and Gulf slope drainages west to the Apalachicola in Georgia. It is considered introduced to the Tennessee River drainages, but its status in the Coosa River system is uncertain.

Basin Distribution in Georgia:

In Georgia, occurs in the Tennessee, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chattahoochee, Flint, Ochlockonee, Suwannee, Satilla, St. Marys, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Ogeechee, and Savannah River basins.

Additional Information from
Georgia Department of Natural Resources:

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