New York Natural Heritage Program
Northern Sunfish
Lepomis peltastes Cope, 1870
Ray-finned Fishes

Habitat [-]
The northern sunfish is associated with densely vegetated areas of slow-moving rivers and creeks. They may also linger around submerged woody debris. Northern sunfish tend to stay in shallow areas in clear, warm water, and avoids swift currents (Wells and Haynes 2007). Some habitats include backwaters where submerged aquatic vegetation is present, or in turbid streams where emergent vegetation is present. Preferred substrates include sand and gravel, although silt is sometimes used.

Associated Species [-]
  • Redfin Shiner (Lythrurus umbratilis)