New York Natural Heritage Program
Banded Sunfish
Enneacanthus obesus (Girard, 1854)
Ray-finned Fishes
Enneacanthus obesus, banded sunfish
Family: sunfishes and freshwater basses (Centrarchidae)

State Protection: Threatened
A native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York (includes any species listed as federally Threatened by the United States). It is illegal to take, import, transport, possess, or sell an animal listed as Threatened, or its parts, without a permit from NYSDEC. 1) Any native species likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future in New York. 2) Any species listed as threatened by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
Of all the sunfish species in New York, the banded sunfish is the smallest (Smith 1985).

State Ranking Justification [-]
The banded sunfish is found in the Peconic River system on eastern Long Island, making this species vulnerable to environmental catastrophes (Keeler 2006).

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