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Ambloplites is a genus of North American freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. The type species is A. rupestris, the rock bass, and the species of this genus are known collectively as the rock basses.

Ambloplites rupestris.jpg
Rock bass (A. rupestris)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Ambloplites
Type species
Lepomis ictheloides
Rafinesque, 1820

The various Ambloplites species, which grow to a maximum overall length of 30–43 cm (12–17 in) and a maximum weight of 0.45–1.4 kg (0.99–3.09 lb), depending on species, are native to a region extending from the Hudson Bay basin in Canada to the lower Mississippi River basin in the United States.


The generic name Ambloplites derives from the Greek αμβλύς (blunt) and οπλίτης (bearing a shield).


The currently recognized species in this genus are:[1]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Ambloplites in FishBase. February 2013 version.