Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus)


The Warmouth is common throughout much of central and eastern North America, including the Mobile Basin, Tennessee, and Cumberland river drainages. They live over soft substrate in pools of creeks, swamps and lakes with aquatic vegetation. As the common name suggests, Warmouths have stripes that radiate back from its eye that resembles war paint. Like other species of the genus Lepomis, males build nests by fanning the gravel or sand substrate with their tail.