Last month’s Mystery Fish was a hybrid between a Bluegill and a Redbreast Sunfish. Hybridization can occur in sunfish that belong to the genus Lepomis (Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Green and Redbreast). These sunfish commonly co-occur in many of Connecticut’s lakes and ponds and spawn in similar habitat around the same time frame. The various combinations of Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Green and Redbreast can make for some very interesting looking fish with striking color patterns. Hybrid sunfish are marginally productive and can spawn with a “pure” strain to make identification even more difficult (but very interesting to fish biologists).
Hybrid sunfish are more aggressive and grow larger than the two parental species. The next time you catch a whopper of a sunfish, take a close look, it may be a very unique and interesting catch.
Mystery Fish Revealed Tweet Last month’s Mystery Fish was the Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus). The Redbreast Sunfish is one of Connecticut’s native fish. It prefers good quality water and is more likely...