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Enneacanthus is a genus of freshwater fish in the sunfish family (Centrarchidae) of order Perciformes. The type species is E. obesus, the banded sunfish, and the species of this genus are known collectively as the banded or little sunfishes.

Enneacanthus obesus.jpg
Enneacanthus obesus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Centrarchidae
Genus: Enneacanthus
T. N. Gill, 1864
Type species
Enneacanthus obesus
Girard, 1854

The Enneacanthus species, all of which grow to a maximum overall length of about 10 cm (4 in), are native to freshwater lakes, ponds, and estuaries along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.

All three species are kept as aquarium fish by hobbyists.


The generic name Enneacanthus derives from the Greek εννέα (nine) and άκανθα (thorn).


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

Blue-spotted sunfish (Enneacanthus gloriosus)


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