Rafinesque, 1819; CENTRARCHIDAE FAMILY; also called bream, sun perch, blue sunfish, copperbelly
Native to approximately the eastern half of the U.S.A. and a small portion of northeastern Mexico, the bluegill has been widely introduced elsewhere in North America as well as into Europe and South Africa. Today it is one of the most popular panfish species in North America. It has a greatly compressed, roundish (in profile) body that is typical of the sunfishes. Its color is highly variable and many range from dark blue or bluish purple to yellow, and in some cases (notably in quarry holes) it ma...