- Common Name:
- Pumpkinseed Sunfish
- Other Names:
- Pumpkinseed, Common Sunfish, Punky
- Scientific Name:
- Lepomis gibbosus
- Adult Size:
- Size is typically between 6 and 10 inches in Maine.
- The pumpkinseed is a very deep-bodied fish, almost disclike, with several spines in the dorsal fin. The lateral view varies from golden brown to olive on top to irregular, wavy, interconnecting blue-green lines in the middle, to bronze or red-orange on the ventral surface. The side of head and body have blue, emerald, or green reflections. The opercle, or gill-cover, is mostly black with a trailing tip that is black and rimmed with a small halfmoon of bright red.
Find more information on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.