The Common Sunfish
The common sunfish, often known as the pumpkin seed, is found throughout the Eastern States, the Great Lakes region, and the northern-central states. It is a small, flat fish, being "most as wide as long" and has many colors on its scaly sides. The predominating colors are blue and yellow, being bluish on the back and yellow or golden color beneath, the dorsal fin which is very large, being yellow with blue rays; the ear tip is black with a scarlet border, and the iris of the eye is also scarlet. It is such a common fish that almost everybody in the East who has ever done any fishing is familiar with it. It is seldom more than four or five inches long, though it is said that it sometimes attains a length of eight inches.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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