• Bass, Roanoke

Latin name

Ambloplites cavifrons

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Roanoke bass is similar in body shape to rock bass or warmouth. It can be recognized by its unscaled or partially scaled cheek and several shimmering golden-white spots on the upper side and head. It is olive or tan on top, has dark and light marbling on the sides, often has rows of black spots and a white or bronze chest and belly. It is also distinguished by having 39-49 lateral scales, 11 anal rays, and 27–35 rows of scales on the breast between the pectoral fins.


Growing up to 141⁄2 inches, Roanoke bass is found in North America in the Chowan, Roanoke, Tar, and Neuse rivers in Virginia and North Carolina.


Roanoke bass inhabits rocky and sandy pools of streams and small to medium clear rivers.


The world record for all tackle is considered to be a 1 pound 5 ounce fish caught in Virginia in 1991.

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Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Squad Perciformes
Family Centrarchidae
Genus Ambloplites
Species A. cavifrons
Conservation status Least Concern
Habitat Pelagic
Life span, years No information
Maximum body weight, kg 0.62
Maximum length, cm 36
Sailing speed, m/s No information
Threat to people Edible
Way of eating Predator

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Bass, Roanoke

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