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Banded Sunfish

Banded Sunfish Image

artwork by Howard Friedman

Enneacanthus obesus

Banded Sunfish occurs in ponds, bogs and medium-sized streams with dense aquatic vegetation in the southeastern corner of the state where it is native in two of 18 watersheds. It appears extirpated from the Newark Bay watershed where it was known in only one confirmed pond and two unconfirmed areas. On Long Island the range of banded sunfish is about half of what it was in 1938 but it remains common in about 30 ponds. Some of these ponds are considered vulnerable to dewatering for residential and urban development, and the species is classified as Threatened.

Fish atlas map for the Banded sunfish.