Clarise Trinh, Guzman - PAP Bio - P4
Perch are carnivorous fish found in ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers. They feed on smaller fish, shellfish, and insect larvae. Humans eat perch. Perch can be found all over the world, esp. in the Great Lakes. Their stripes are an adaptation for camouflage and help the perch hide in aquatic vegetation. Perch breed in the late spring, laying their eggs on soft vegetation. Perch have two dorsal fins, one spiny and the other soft-rayed.
Perch also have spines over their gill covers that act as defensive mechanism.
Perch are very yummy
Perch are attracted to light
Males reach maturity at about 1-3 years of age, females at 2-3 years of age.
Perch are easy to catch and good to eat
Perch adult females can lay over 10,000 eggs during reproduction
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