Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu)

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  • First described in 1802
  • Currently two classified subspecies (northern and neosho)
  • A third non-taxonomically classified subspecies in Quachita Mountains
  • Upper jaw does not reach past the eye
  • 3 dark bars on each cheek
  • Spiny and soft-rayed dorsal fins joined with shallow notches between them
  • Bases of dorsal and anal fins have small scales
  • 8 to 16 vertical lateral bars
  • Dorsal fin with 9 to 10 spines and anal fin with 3 spines
  • 67 to 81 lateral line scales