By: Zach Ruther

Basic information:

Scientific Name: Centrarchidae

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Conservation Status: least concerned

Habitat and feeding habits:

Habitat: Ponds, lakes, slow moving rivers/live around vegetation to hide from predators.

Feeding Habits: insects, plants, worms, and basically anything that fits in its mouth

Interesting Facts:

Males build nests with their tails and rarely leave for food when they guard it.

Spikes on fins range from 5-13 and average 10-12.