Alabama bass (Micropterus henshalli)

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  • First described in 1940 and became a species in 2008. It was originally a spotted bass subspecies. 
  • Lateral blotches on sides that do not touch the first dorsal fin
  • Lateral stripe ends in a series of blotches on the caudal peduncle (forms a solid line in spotted bass)
  • Spiny and soft dorsal fins connected with shallow notch
  • Scales at the base of the dorsal and anal fins
  • Dorsal fin with 10 spines and anal fin with 3 spines
  • 68 to 84 lateral line scales. Usually 71 or greater.