The Suwannee bass (Micropterus notius) is a species of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. One of the black basses, it is native only to the Suwannee and Ochlockonee River drainages in Florida and Georgia. It has been introduced to the Santa Fe, Ichetucknee, St. Marks, Aucilla and Wacissa systems.
It inhabits shallow, rocky streams, springs, and pools.
Relationship with humans
While not as well known as other black basses, M. notius is also fished for sport. The IGFA all tackle world record for the species stands at 1.75kg (3lb 14oz) caught from the Suwannee river in 1985.
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- FishBase: Micropterus notius
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/fish/freshwater/suwannee-bass/