Sacramento Perch (Archoplites interruptus)


Sacramento Perch
Archoplites interruptus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Archoplites
Species: A. interruptus
Sacramento perch are blackish above with about seven vertical dark bars that are irregular in form and position. They are not a true perch, but a sunfish. It is the only member of the sunfish family native to the west coast and, in Oregon, is found only in the Klamath Basin. Sacramento perch are distinguished from the other sunfish in Oregon by having 12 or 13 dorsal fin spines whereas all the others have 10 or fewer. Maximum size in Oregon is about 12 inches in length and a weight of about 3/4 pound, although in California they have been known to reach a length of 24 inches. Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife