Bluegill

Bluegill

Lepomis macrochirus

 

 

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  • Distinguishing characteristics:  The bluegill has dark shades of blue on its head and chin.  They have a blue lining on the gill rakers.

 

In the Wild

  • Habitat:  They live in the shallow water of lakes and ponds.
  • Diet:  They eat aquatic insects, crayfish, snails and other small fish.
  • Predators:  Their predators include catfish, bass and turtles
  • Size:  They get up to 16 inches long

 

 

In the Aquatics Lab

  • Diet:  We feed one of the bluegill 3 worms and the other smaller bluegill is fed flake food.
  • Size:  One bluegill is about 3-4 inches and the other blue gill is about 6-7 inches.
  • Quantity:  We have 2 bluegill at BTW.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Bluegill

  1. Blue gills can grow up to twelve inches and 4 1/2 pounds. Bluegills are native from Virginia to Florida but have been found in Mexico, New York, and Minnesota.

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