The Redear Sunfish passes a variety of names: cherry gill, enhanced bream, rouge ear sunfish, sunlight perch, chinquapin, as well as shellcracker. It is a citizen of the southeastern Usa. Nevertheless, given that it is a prominent fish with fishermen, it has been introduced around North America. You will certainly find them from South Caroline to Texas to Illinois to New Mexico to The golden state. Its form appears like the bluegill. However, its shade as well as size are different. It is larger and also has a little bit of cherry-red (males) or orange pigmentation (girl) on the bony flap that covers the gills. Some Redears have finding on the head as well as sides.
As bottom fish, their favored food is snails, yet they additionally consume other shelled animals. Their thick, difficult teeth permit them to squash the skeletons of shelled animals. These teeth are at the back of their mouths, and enable them to run like a nutcracker by crushing the coverings of snails, thus the label, "shellcracker". They can also open up small clams. They will likewise consume larvae, fish eggs, as well as crayfish. Since of its customized meals niche, Redear sunfish could stay in lakes without competing for the same meals of fish that prefer surface area feeding. And because snails could spread disease, and since snails are one of Redear's preferred foods, these fish are used in lake management projects to manage snails.