Suwannee bass (Micropterus notius)

  • First described in 1949
  • Upper jaw to central part of the eye, but not past it
  • Typically short in length, rarely exceeding 16 inches
  • Spiny and soft-rayed dorsal fins joined with shallow notches between them
  • 12 vertical lateral bars of blotches
  • Turquoise blue coloration on cheeks, breast and vent during breeding
  • Dorsal fin with 10 spines and anal fin with 3 spines
  • 57 to 65 lateral line scales