Largemouth Bass

Micropterus salmoides

The largemouth bass is a species of black bass in the sunfish family native to North America. It is also known as widemouth bass, bigmouth, black bass, bucketmouth, Potter's fish, Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, green trout, linesides, Oswego bass, southern largemouth and northern largemouth. The largemouth bass is the state fish of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Florida, and Tennessee.
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Appearance

The largemouth is an olive green fish, marked by a series of dark, sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank. The upper jaw of a largemouth bass extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit. In comparison to age, a female bass is larger than a male. The largemouth is the largest of the black basses, reaching a maximum recorded overall length of 29.5 in and a maximum unofficial weight of 25 pounds 1 ounce. The fish lives 16 years on average.
Largemouth Bass in a Pond on Jekyll Island Georgia This is not a great photo I will be the first to admit, and I am not entirely sure of the species identification (the Largemouth and Spotted Bass look very similar). However, I find that trying to photograph and identify freshwater fish without getting in the water (much easier on coral reefs because you can snorkel or scuba with a decent camera), which was not possible here due to the presence of several large alligators, can be very challenging. Zach, you are our resident Freshwater fish expert - your thoughts? This was taken at the beautiful Horton Pond on Jekyll Island, Georgia - part of the "Golden Isles" and well worth a visit. Georgia,Geotagged,Jekyll Island,Largemouth Bass,Micropterus salmoides,North American freshwater fishes,United States

Naming

The largemouth bass has been introduced into many other countries due to its popularity as a sport fish. It causes the decline, displacement or extinctions of species in its new habitat, for example in Namibia.

Though the largemouth bass is not the largest of its family, it is common in many bodies of water in the southeastern United States. In the northern portion of its territory, it prefers smaller lakes and ponds. Largemouth bass are very aggressive fish and will strike at nearly anything they consider alive; anglers tell stories of them taking small birds, rodents, and even baby alligators.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassActinopterygii
OrderCentrarchiformes
FamilyCentrarchidae
GenusMicropterus
SpeciesM. salmoides