About this Species 

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Name:Green Sunfish
Family:Sunfish
Scientific Name: Lepomis cyanellus
Range:Green sunfish inhabit ponds, lakes and slow-moving streams and ditches across Arkansas.
Habits and Habitat:Green sunfish are found in thick, weedy cover and can tolerate murky, warm water.
Fish Fact: Green sunfish are very hardy and tolerant of extremely warm, muddy water. They are even known to live in the shallow water of rice fields in Arkansas, thus giving them the nickname "rice slicks." Green sunfish rarely grow larger than half a pound and small ones often are used as bait by anglers pursuing catfish.
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Joe Tomelleri