CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Bluegill Fish (Lepomis macrochirus)
Bluegill is in the sunfish family. This guy was swimming along with a softshell turtle and was feeding on some native Mermaidweed (Proserpinaca pectinata) before he came to the top for a picture.
They are an important food source for larger fish predators, including bass and other larger fish, birds (waterfowl, herons), turtles, mammals…including humans.
Diet: insects, smaller fish, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes, vegetation