: a genus of sunfishes (family Centrarchidae) to which the American freshwater black basses belong

Word History


New Latin, from micr- + -pterus; from the fact that the specimen on which the name was based had a mutilated dorsal fin and the author of the name consequently believed its fins were small

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“Micropterus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Micropterus. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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