Orangespotted Sunfish
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Name and Code
Family
Centrarchidae - sunfishes
Species
Lepomis humilis
Taxonomic Authority
(Girard, 1858)
Common Name(s)
Orangespotted Sunfish
French Name
crapet menu
OMNR Code
324
Family TSN
168093
Parent TSN
168130
Species TSN
168151
Conservation Status
Global Rank (GRank)
G5 (1996-09-23)
National Rank (NRank)
NNA (2000-10-20)
Provincial Rank (SRank)
SNA (2009-03-23)
COSEWIC Status
none
SARO Status
none
AFS Status
none
Ecological Value
Ontario Origin
introduced
General Abundance
rare
Tolerance
tolerant
Economic Importance
none
Habitat and Feeding
General Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Environment
benthopelagic
Trophic Class
invertivore
Thermal Regime
warmwater
Habitat Preference
quiet pools of creeks, small to large rivers and lowland lakes, usually with turbid waters and soft silty, clay and detritus substrates
Reproduction
Reproductive Guild
Guarders: Nest spawners: Lithophils
Spawning Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Spawning Season
summer
Spawning Month(s)
June-August
Spawning Temperature (°C)
18-24
Fecundity
138-5,776
Nursery Habitat(s)
lacustrine; riverine
Size and Age
Adult Length (cm)
5.1-11.4 TL
Adult Weight (kg)
0.003-0.032
Age at Maturity (yrs)
2-3
Maximum Length (cm)
17.7 TL
Maximum Weight (kg)
0.142
Lifespan (yrs)
4-7
Ontario Range Map
Orangespotted Sunfish range
Ontario Distribution
Cedar Creek (Lake Erie tributary), Canard River (Detroit River tributary), Lake Erie (Pelee Island), Big Creek (Lake Erie tributary); first reported from Ontario in 1980
Photograph
Orangespotted Sunfish photograph
Notes
hybrids with other sunfishes (Lepomis spp.) including Pumpkinseed are reported;; tolerant of siltation, low dissolved oxygen, high water temperature and some pollution; moderately tolerant of turbidity
Ontario Records
Record Length (cm)
9.9 TL
Record Weight (kg)
none
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