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Wild About Illinois Fishes!

Family Centrarchidae - Sunfish Family

​Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae - The members of this family occur naturally only in the fresh waters of North America. They are laterally compressed, have two dorsal fins that are broadly joined and appear as one fin, three to eight anal spines, thoracic pelvic fins and ctenoid scales. Sunfishes build nests and guard their young.