Everglades Pygmy Sunfish
Elassoma evergladei
About This Fish

The Everglades Pygmy Sunfish occurs in Gulf and Atlantic coast drainages from Alabama to North Carolina. As the common name implies, Everglades Pygmy Sunfish have a maximum size of just over one inch and have a lifespan of one year. They are found in vegetated habitats in sloughs and backwaters that are typical of the Everglades.


Quattro, J.M., W.J. Jones, and F.C. Rohde. 2001. Evolutionarily significant units of rare pygmy sunfishes (Genus Elassoma). Copeia. 2001(2):514-520. https://www.asihcopeiaonline.org/doi/abs/10.1643/0045-8511(2001)001[0514:ESUORP]2.0.CO;2

Quattro, J.M., W.J. Jones, J.M. Grady, and F.C. Rohde. (2001). Gene–gene concordance and the phylogenetic relationships among rare and widespread pygmy sunfishes (genus Elassoma). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution.18(2):217-226. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1055790300908844

Jones, W.J., and J.M. Quattro. 1999. Phylogenetic affinities of pygmy sunfishes (Elassoma) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Copeia. 470-474. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1447493?casa_token=0p4mISZB8dMAAAAA:pgF1mjOZI_18b2wokNX9sjKv0piuUHjyKEzU-e4CbSGHhPnWtvTUbhsRtOyxxm_V_d_BbwFnW2desJFKo_ZIhuzjD8j_k1_jhytPwfLKlHPAi-FSA00F&seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents