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Black Crappie

Pomoxis nigromaculatus

ON EXHIBIT:  Tennessee River Gallery in River Journey

Black Crappie


Considered an excellent game fish when taken on light tackle. The male sweeps out a nest in sand or fine gravel in colonies. Females lay 20,000 to 60,000 eggs, occasionally up to 150,000. The male guards the nest and defends the young until they start to feed. 

Black crappie are not listed as threatened or vulnerable by IUCN

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About This Animal

SIZE: 19.3 in (49 cm)

RANGE: Widespread throughout the United States

HABITAT: Lakes, ponds, sloughs, backwaters and pools of streams

DIET:  Aquatic insects and fish