Dictionary of Ichthyology  

bass = a common name for various, unrelated fishes including various large marine species (e.g. sea basses, Serranidae, temperate basses, Moronidae) and the more familiar sport fishes in North American fresh waters (Micropterus spp., Centrarchidae). Bass is derived from an Old English word.

Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu), Meech Lake, Qubec, 13 June 2003. Photograph by Brian W. Coad.

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