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

      Phylum: Craniata

           Class: Ray-finned Fishes (Actinopterygii)

                Order: Perch-like Fishes (Perciformes)

                     Family: sunfishes and freshwater basses (Centrarchidae)


Additional Common Names [-]
  • Northern Longear Sunfish

Comments on the Classification [-]
The subspecies of the longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis peltastes) was formally designated by the American Fisheries Society in 2013 as a separate species called the northern sunfish (Lepomis peltastes). The scientific name was updated by NY Natural Heritage in 2016.