Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Green Sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus
Also known as: sunfish, sunnie
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Thick-bodied with a rather large mouth. Pectoral fin is short and rounded; gill cover tab dark with whitish or yellowish-orange margin. Back and sides bluish-green, head with blue streaks, and pale yellow or white belly. Fins often edged with yellow band. Thrives in either flowing or standing waters, including those that are unable to support other fish. Diet primarily consists of insects, small fish, and crayfish. Aggressive - easily caught by anglers. Usually not a colonial spawner and commonly hybridize with bluegill.
Family: Sunfish
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide


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