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The pumpkinseed, Lepomis gibbosus, is a sunfish that is native to much of the eastern and Midwestern United States, as well as to areas of southeastern Canada. The species has been introduced to many other areas in Canada and the western United States, including several urban ponds in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.

The pumpkinseed spawns during spring and summer. Eggs are laid in a nest constructed on the substrate by the male. The male then guard the eggs, which hatch in three to five days. Pumpkinseeds eat aquatic insects, snails, and other invertebrates.


  • Biotics Database. 2005. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, NatureServe, and the network of Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centers.