Redear Fish Information
Redear sunfish. The redear sunfish (lepomis microlophus, also known as the shellcracker, Georgia bream, cherry gill, chinquapin, improved bream, rouge ear sunfish and sun perch) is freshwater fish native to the southeastern United States.
A bright red mark on the back edge of the gill cover is very distinctive. Redear prefer hard bottoms, congregating in deeper water than bluegill.
The redear is a deep and slab-sided sunfish with small-sized mouth, the upper jaw not reaching past the front of the eye. Back and sides are golden or light olive-green. Belly is yellow or orange-yellow. Sides ofthen have dark, vertical bars.
Most closely related to the Bluegill, green and other sunfishes.