Rock Bass

ROCK

BASS

AMBLOPLITES RUPESTRIS

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DESCRIPTION

In Québec I am the only one of my kind! It is said that I am a hybrid of the bluegill and the bass. My body is oval and compressed laterally. I also have a huge head and a large mouth.

We breed in spring and early summer in shallow and usually rocky-bottom waters. Males defend their nest against intruders and await the arrival of a female. After the first encounter a few embraces are shared and the male fertilizes the eggs laid by the female.

We are quite common in Québec but we are outnumbered by the  Nous sommes très communs au Québec, mais nous sommes moins nombreux que les Crapets Soleil. 

Caracteristics

dimension

12 to 16 cm

Habitat

Marshes, lakes and streams with rocky bottoms

Diet

various invertebrates, crayfish, gastropods and amphipoda small fish

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