The largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) is a species of black bass in
the sunfish family native to North America. It is also known by a variety of regional names, such as the brown bass, widemouth
bass, bigmouth, black bass, bucketmouth, Potter's fish, Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, green trout, gilsdorf
bass, linesides, Oswego bass, southern largemouth and (paradoxically) northern largemouth.
The largemouth is an olive
green fish, marked by a series of dark, sometimes black, blotches forming a jagged horizontal stripe along each flank. The
upper jaw (maxilla) of a largemouth bass extends beyond the rear margin of the orbit. In comparison to age, a female bass
is larger than a male. The largemouth is the largest of the black basses, reaching a maximum recorded overall length of 29.5
in (75 cm) and a maximum unofficial weight of 25 pounds 1 ounce (11.4 kg). The fish lives 16 years on average.