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Banded Sunfish

Enneacanthus obesus

Image of a Banded Sunfish

Banded Sunfish occurs in ponds, bogs and medium-sized streams with dense aquatic vegetation. It is found in the southeastern corner of the state, where it is native in two 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. The species is classified as Threatened.

Fish atlas map for the Banded sunfish.