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#10491403 - 12/23/14 10:16 AM Perch Species Identification
J-Moe Offline
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I catch several different species of perch in local ponds. I would like to verify each of the species. Instead of doing my research I figured it would be more fun to throw it out to you guys. Can you name these perch?

Picture 1


Picture 2


Picture 3


Picture 4


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#10491502 - 12/23/14 11:07 AM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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Bluegill, male bluegill, longear, redear, and green sunfish. In order 1-5

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#10491666 - 12/23/14 12:14 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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Thanks Fishwfly

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#10491717 - 12/23/14 12:33 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: Fishwfly]
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Originally Posted By: Fishwfly
Bluegill, male bluegill, longear, redear, and green sunfish. In order 1-5


I agree with the exception of pic4.

I want to say its a Warmouth, they have the red on the opercular flap too and I have seen them in that color. If it had a large mouth then Warmouth if it had a BG size mouth then redear. Hard to tell from that pic. hmmm

My $.02
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#10491814 - 12/23/14 01:14 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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I don't recall the mouth size. Good information, thanks.

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#10491843 - 12/23/14 01:22 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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I would say #1. Bluegill. #2.Bluegill. #3.Longear.#4. Hybrid Green. #5. Green. hmmm
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#10491908 - 12/23/14 01:41 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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The predominate species in this particular pond is a green sunfish. So a hybrid is also very possible. I need to go out and catch another one and take some better pictures.

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#10492538 - 12/23/14 06:49 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: banker-always fishing]
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Originally Posted By: banker-always fishing
I would say #1. Bluegill. #2.Bluegill. #3.Longear.#4. Hybrid Green. #5. Green. hmmm





Plus #1. thumb

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#10495093 - 12/25/14 09:07 AM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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number 4 is somewhat difficult to tell for certain
the rest are like they posted though
girl bluegill
boy bluegill
longear sunfish
and number 4,,,,looks a lot like a redear or redear cross to me
green sunfish
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#10496294 - 12/26/14 08:29 AM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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Originally Posted By: J-Moe
I catch several different species of perch in local ponds. I would like to verify each of the species. Instead of doing my research I figured it would be more fun to throw it out to you guys. Can you name these perch?



Now that you know the names it is time to stop calling them perch and call them sunfish. Perch are an entirely different family most often represented by the yellow perch and walleye and found in Northern waters.

The only perch found in Texas are small, which the unlearned usually call "minners".

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#10497528 - 12/27/14 09:05 AM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
J-Moe Offline
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Thanks Smithhaven, Lesson learned!!!

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#10497643 - 12/27/14 10:15 AM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
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as a kid I moved back to texas from up north
I was born here and went up north a few years as a kid
anyway I had no idea where to start to try to ketch a fish in dfw when we got here
so my dad took me down to the trinity river
a man down there told me I could ketch a lot of "perch" in there eeks
not knowing the local terminology I was stoked up thinkin I was about to ketch me a bunch a yella perch
I then proceeded to ketch the heck out of all kinds of sunfish roflmao
asked that man again about the "perch" and he said you are ketchn them lizard
KABOOM slinger
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#10501505 - 12/29/14 12:33 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
schat Offline
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Loc: texas and enjoy the bite at an...
we all can be techinical or spell prefectly, but the local names add color to life. I have BS in wildlife and can use most of the true names and alot of latin ones. One of the cool things in life is traveling and enjoying the local nuances. So many of us grew up being told that this one thing and that is another by someone that had it passed on to them. But unless we are writing a thesis or education articule a sunfish,brem,perch, or panfish is good fish to catch. If the unlearned did not read the textbook,google it online,Pay to become educated,or scholarships; they communicate the way the region has educated them that had favor the south, west or where ever. Then enjoy the differances in a local area. It would boring to sit around with county of people speaking the same. There is someone out there that in ten year say there all hybirds and we call the sunfishperchbasspanfishminners.

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#10520946 - 01/06/15 09:46 AM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
J-Moe Offline
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I was looking on the TPWD website and I saw both Hybrid Sunfish and Hybrid Green Sunfish listed. So I sent the picture to the TPWD for identification.

This was the response for Picture 4:

This is a bluegill x redear mix so it would be listed as a hybrid sunfish.

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#10543579 - 01/14/15 10:56 PM Re: Perch Species Identification [Re: J-Moe]
Jon Offline
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I was wondering how many post it would take before someone made the correction of perch vs. sunfish. It took longer than i thought.
I tend to lean more toward shat's way of looking at it.
I don't know it for a fact but I suspect there are more people than just me who actually do know the difference between perch and sunfish but usually go with whatever the people I'm talking with are calling them at the time.

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