OK. I’ve been looking at a lot of sunfish stuff, and has anyone else found it sort of odd that some Redbreast Sunfish look quite different from others? Is this something with juveniles and adults? Maybe I sound naive on the topic, but it’s almost as if they would be subspecies, or there’s some hybridization event occurring. I believe this should be talked about more if it hasn’t been already and I haven’t seen it.
Here are some more extreme examples out of some newer sightings that I’ll place into two categories:
#1 - The elliptically-shaped fish of focus, they are kind of like Green Sunfish with their body shape, and it seems perhaps their eye (however I cannot pinpoint how), but aren’t classed as hybrids.
#2 - The more oval and typically sunfish-like fish.
And then there are the plethora of sightings that are in-between, but even then I feel that they lean slightly into one of these two categories. Again, I find this quite odd.