Florida bass (Micropterus floridanus)

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  • First described in 1822 and became a recognized species in 2002.
  • Still technically considered a subspecies of largemouth bass by the American Fisheries Society. 
  • Upper jaw extends past the eye
  • Spiny and soft-rayed dorsal fins joined with a deep notch between them
  • Dorsal fin with 9 spines and anal fin with 3 spines
  • 59 to 72 lateral line scales
  • Genetic analysis strongly needed to confirm identification