Bass (fish)

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Smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Micropterus1
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

Other species known as bass

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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