Shoal bass (Micropterus cataractae)

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  • First described in 1999
  • Formerly a redeye bass
  • The upper jaw does not extend beyond the eye
  • Dark, vertical blotches that fade as the fish ages
  • Dark spots below lateral line that form horizontal rows
  • The spiny and soft dorsal fin are connected and have a shallow notch
  • Similar to redeye bass without any red coloration or white margins on fins
  • Large, dark spot at the base of the caudal peduncle
  • Dorsal fin with 9 to 11 spines and anal fin with 3 spines
  • 72 to 77 lateral line scales