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White Perch

Morone americana

Drawing of a White Perch
Max Size: 45 cm (19in)

Habitat: Fresh and brackish rivers, lakes, and coastal areas from Lake Ontario and Nova Scotia to South Carolina; found throughout most of the Hudson

Diet: Fish eggs, minnows, grass shrimp and bloodworms




Fun Facts:

  • White Perch are euryhaline: tolerating a wide range of salinity and are thus found in both brackish and freshwater throughout New York State
  • Females can lay over 140,000 eggs in a span of one week
  • Hard scales and spiny fins protect fish from predators
  • Not true perch, but in fact bass of the same genus as striped bass

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