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Temporal range: Eocene to present[1]
Morone chrysops1.jpg
White bass (M. chrysops)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Moronidae
Genus: Morone
Mitchill, 1814
Type species
Morone rufa
Mitchill, 1814
  • Chrysoperca Fowler, 1907
  • Lepibema Rafinesque, 1820
  • Roccus Mitchill, 1814

Morone is a genus of temperate basses native to the Atlantic coast of North America and the freshwater systems of the southwestern and eastern United States.


The currently recognized species in this genus are:[2]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Morone americana PAQ.jpg Morone americana (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) white perch fresh water and coastal areas from the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario south to the Pee Dee River in South Carolina, and as far east as Nova Scotia, lower Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, Long Island Sound and nearby coastal areas, Hudson and Mohawk River system, Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay.
Morone chrysops1.jpg Morone chrysops (Rafinesque, 1820) white bass widely across the United States
Yellow bass - Morone mississippiensis from Rend Lake, IL.jpg Morone mississippiensis D. S. Jordan & C. H. Eigenmann, 1887 yellow bass Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana and may also be found in the Trinity River and the Tennessee River.
Striped Bass in the Baltimore Aquarium.jpg Morone saxatilis (Walbaum, 1792) striped bass Atlantic coastline of North America from the St. Lawrence River into the Gulf of Mexico to approximately Louisiana.


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Morone in FishBase. December 2013 version.