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Male Banded Pygmy Sunfish-Lower Wacamaw River Drainage, South Carolina  Banded pygmy sunfish,Elassoma zonatum,Geotagged,United States,Winter Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Male Banded Pygmy Sunfish-Lower Wacamaw River Drainage, South Carolina

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    comments (3)

  1. Beautiful, banded and spotted at the same time :) Posted 2 months ago
  2. Wow, this fish is so gorgeous! And, it's such a great shot! Posted 2 months ago
    1. Thanks! This was my first encounter with a large male, it was a beauty! Posted 2 months ago

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The banded pygmy sunfish, ''Elassoma zonatum'', is a species of pygmy sunfish endemic to the United States, where it is found from Indiana and Illinois to Texas to the Atlantic coast. It prefers densely vegetated bodies of slow-moving water. This species can reach 4.7 cm in total length, though most do not exceed 3.5 cm .

The banded pygmy sunfish are capable of retaining their juvenile characteristics while they are sexually mature; that is to say that they are neotenous.
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Similar species: Perch-like Fishes
Species identified by Zach Alley
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By Zach Alley

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Uploaded May 5, 2019. Captured Mar 17, 2019 05:53 in 172 Tuckers Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T5
  • f/8.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm