Bluegill Fish (Lepomis macrochirus)

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.

Range: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=385

Diet: insects, smaller fish, aquatic larvae such as mosquitoes, vegetation

Learn: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/bluegill.htm

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