Spotted bass (Micropterus punctulatus)

  • First described in 1819
  • Currently two subspecies (Northern and invalidated Witchita)
  • Upper jaw does not reach past middle of the pupil
  • Spiny and soft-rayed dorsal fins joined with shallow notches between them
  • Base of dorsal and anal fins have small scales
  • Lateral body has multiple dark blotches that touch dorsal fin
  • Lower lateral scales form dark, horizontal rows or stripes
  • Dorsal fin with 10 spines and anal fin with 3 spines
  • 55 to 71 lateral line scales