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Yellow Perch

on October 14, 2011
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Yellow perch are poor swimmers. As a result, these creatures swim in schools.


Yellow Perch

Yellow perch are poor swimmers. As a result, these creatures swim in schools of 50–200 fish to protect themselves from predators. Fish very well may have schooled before the Fall of man, but not for defensive reasons. The sheer beauty of a school of fish is reason enough for God to have created this way.


  • The adult yellow perch is golden, while the juvenile is whiter.
  • This fish has darker bars that run vertically on its body.

Fun Facts

  • Sometimes schools of yellow perch are separated into male and female schools.
  • This is a highly prized food fish in North America.
  • Yellow perch, as well as many minnows, scatter adhesive eggs over beds of aquatic plants.

CLASS: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
ORDER: Perciformes (perch-like fishes)
FAMILY: Percidae (perches and true perches)
GENUS/SPECIES: Perca flavescens

Size: 4–10 in (10–25.4 cm)
Diet: Insects, invertebrates, fish, and fish eggs
Habitat: Lakes and large rivers of North America, from central Canada to New Brunswick and down to South Carolina and west to Kansas

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