Species Profile

Redbreast Sunfish

Scientific Name: Lepomis auritus
Taxonomy Group: Fishes
Range: New Brunswick
Last COSEWIC Assessment: April 2008
Last COSEWIC Designation: Data Deficient
SARA Status: Schedule 3, Special Concern - (SARA Schedule 1 provisions do not apply)


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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

3 record(s) found.

COSEWIC Status Reports

  • COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the Redbreast Sunfish Lepomis auritus in Canada (2008)

    The redbreast sunfish is a relatively small fish with a deep, laterally compressed body, which is golden brown to olive in colour, with the back being darker and the sides lighter. There are often inconspicuous reddish spots and bluish streaks along the sides, being most prominent on the head. The ventral surface, or breast, may vary from a yellowish hue to a bright orange-red from which it derives its common name. It is easily distinguished from other sunfishes by the long, narrow, opercular flap (gill cover) that is entirely black, lacking a coloured band around the border as found in some other species. The average size is 130 to 180 mm total length.

COSEWIC Assessments

  • COSEWIC Assessment - Redbreast Sunfish (2008)

    Designated Special Concern in April 1989. Species considered in April 2008 and placed in the Data Deficient category. Last assessment based on an update status report.

COSEWIC Annual Reports

  • COSEWIC Annual Report - 2007 - 2008 (2008)

    2008 Annual Report to the The Minister of the Environment and the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council (CESCC) from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.