As bottom feeders, their favorite meals is snails, but they likewise eat various other shelled animals. Their thick, hard teeth allow them to squash the skeletons of shelled pets. These teeth go to the rear of their mouths, and enable them to run like a nutcracker by squashing the coverings of snails, hence the nickname, "shellcracker". They can also open tiny clams. They will certainly additionally consume larvae, fish eggs, and crayfish. Due to its specialized meals niche, Redear sunfish can reside in lakes without contending for the very same food of fish that favor surface feeding. And since snails could spread out disease, and since snails are among Redear's favorite meals, these fish are made use of in lake management tasks to regulate snails.

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The Redear Sunfish goes by a number of names: cherry gill, boosted bream, rouge ear sunfish, sun perch, chinquapin, and also shellcracker. It hails the southeastern Usa. However, since it is a prominent fish with fishermen, it has actually been presented throughout The united state and canada. You will certainly locate them from South Caroline to Texas to Illinois to New Mexico to The golden state. Its shape looks like the bluegill. However, its shade and dimension are various. It is bigger as well as has a bit of cherry-red (males) or orange coloration (girl) on the bony flap that covers the gills. Some Redears have spotting on the head and also sides.