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Life History Stats for Lepomis macrochirus (Spotte, 2007)
|Scientific Name||Lepomis macrochirus|
|Range||United States and Mexico|
Nearly all children have an unforgettable moment when they catch their first fish. In general, this moment consists of placing a small worm on a hook and casting a bobber into the nearby river or lake. Eventually, with a little luck, the bobber slips beneath the water's surface. Encouragement from family members leads to reeling in a fish species known as Lepomis macrochirus, also known as a bluegill. For this reason, the bluegill has a special place in the hearts of people from all across America. Unfortunately, not everyone has been blessed with this experience. It's never too late though! If you would like to help yourself or a child catch a bluegill, please visit the fishing section.
Why are bluegills so prevalent? Well, this species has numerous adaptations that allow it to find nutrients, avoid predators, and reproduce efficiently. Also known as a bream, bluegills interact with numerous other species. At times, it takes a predatory role. At other times, it plays host to a parasite or provides a meal to larger fish species. These interactions make bluegills important aspects to the diversity of water bodies across America. Check out the bluegills amazing range in the habitat section!
Good Mate or Bad Mate?
Imagine a husband building a nursery and guarding his children at all times of the day. I think most women would agree that this man is a keeper! Male bluegills play a role similar to this one. They build nests and protect their offspring from any form of predation. This may seem like a perfect father. However, when these same males become hungry, they might just consume a few of their children! Continue looking through my webpage to learn more about this spectacular organism. Once you're finished, check out some of the other organisms that add to our Earth's diversity at www.multipleorganisms.net.