Perca flavescens (Mitchill, 1814)
American yellow perch
photo by N. Burkhead & R. Jenkins, courtesy of VDGIF

Family:  Percidae (Perches), subfamily: Percinae
Max. size:  50 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,910.0 g; max. reported age: 11 years
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range - 56 m
Distribution:  North America: Atlantic, Arctic, Great Lakes, and Mississippi River basins from Nova Scotia to Mackenzie River drainage, Northwest Territories in Canada, and south to Ohio, Illinois and Nebraska in the USA; south in Atlantic drainages to Savannah River in Georgia, USA.
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Inhabits lakes, ponds, pools of creeks, and rivers. Also found in brackish water and in salt lakes. Most commonly found in clear water near vegetation; tends to shoal near the shore during spring (Ref. 9988, 10294). Feeds on immature insects, larger invertebrates, fishes and fish eggs during the day. Preyed upon by fishes and birds (Ref. 1998). Spawns between February and July in the northern hemisphere and between August and October in the southern hemisphere (Ref. 10999). Neither anterolateral glandular groove nor venom gland is present (Ref. 57406). Marketed fresh or frozen; eaten pan-fried, broiled or baked (Ref. 9988).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2012 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   
 

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Torres, Armi G. - 12.06.18
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 07.02.96

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