Emily Sanchez ~ Vu PAP Bio ~ p.2
Scientific Name: Perca flavescens
Habitat: The perch is found mostly in the United States and Canada, living in shoreline areas along rivers and lakes because of the vegetation that is available.
Predators (eat Perch fish): Larger fish- Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass,Channel Catfish; Birds- herons, gulls, eagles, hawks; Other animals- turtles and bullfrogs.
Prey (Perch eat these): algae, plankton, aquatic insects, small fish, insects, crayfish, snails, mussels, leeches, fish eggs, and worms.
Niche: control small organism population in rivers and lakes.
Adaptations: gills that allow Perch to breathe underwater, scales that protect the fish like a layer of "skin", fins to help them swim, steer, and speed along.
Trophic Level: 3
Perch ❤ Humans
Many people eat Yellow Perch, and they are a favorite among fishermen. Yellow Perch also help people by controlling populations of other fish and aquatic animals.
- Sometimes they eat other Perch!
- Perch stay active throughout winter.
- Perch do not care for their eggs or young
- Females produce 5,000~109,000 eggs in her lifetime.