Bass (fish)

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This article is about the fish bass. For other uses, see Bass.
Micropterus dolomieu2.jpg
Smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Micropterus[1]
Lacepede, 1802
Type species
Micropterus dolomieu
Lacepède, 1802
Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)

Bass /ˈbæs/ is a name shared by many different species of fish. The term encompasses both freshwater and marine species. All belonging to the large order Perciformes, or perch-like fishes, and in fact the word bass comes from Middle English bars, meaning "perch."[3]

Types of bass[edit]

Other species known as bass[edit]

For other fish called "bass", see Sea bass.
Micropterus salmoides - Large Mouth Bass with assorted Sunfish.

Many species are also known as basses,[4] including:


  1. ^ ITIS: Micropterus
  2. ^ a b c d Baker, W.H., Blanton, R.E. & Johnston, C.E. (2013): Diversity within the Redeye Bass, Micropterus coosae (Perciformes: Centrarchidae) species group, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa, 3635 (4): 379–401.
  3. ^ "Bass1". American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 
  4. ^ "List of Common Names with bass". FishBase. Retrieved 6 June 2006. 

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