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Temperate Bass- Family Moronidae

A Little Longer Than Tall
A Little Longer Than Tall

White Perch

White Perch - Morone americana

Scientific Name: Morone americana
Fairfax County Native: Yes
Size: 10 inches, rarely larger
Diet: Crustaceans and aquatic insects
Distribution sampling sites: Map

The white perch is generally found in the tidal areas of the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. The individuals collected in Fairfax County were at a site not far from the confluence of the Occoquan River. The white perch is not a perch at all but is in the same genus as the striped bass. The Virginia state record is 2 pounds, 8 ounces.

Jenkins, R. E., N. M. Burkhead, 1994, Freshwater Fishes of Virginia,1079 pgs., American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD

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