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Lepomis macrochirus

Basic information
Scientific name Lepomis macrochirus

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Common names Bluegill
Higher taxon Centrarchidae, Perciformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range North America.
Habitat Lake or pond, stream, swamp.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Almost entire Japan Range in Japan
Origin Unknown.
Date 1960s.
Route Deliberate introduction (for fishery, for miscellaneous use).
Impact Predation, competition against native species.
Affected organism: Fishes, aquatic plants.
Regulation in Japan Import, transport and keeping are prohibited in Japan by the Invasive Alien Species Act.
Introduced range in other countries
Reference Notes
  • Ecol Soc Jpn (ed) (2002) Handbook of Alien Species in Japan. Chijinshokan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Kawanabe et al. (eds) (2002) Freshwater Fishes of Japan, 3rd ed.. Yama-kei Publishers, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • etc.
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