Many species of fish, in both freshwater and saltwater, are referred to as "bass." Some are truly bass and some are not, but all have a physique and a profile that are generally similar. Three of the most prominent freshwater sportfish with this name include the largemouth bass and the smallmouth bass, both of which are actually sunfish, and the peacock bass, which is actually a cichlid.

True bass are members of the Ser-ranidae family of sea bass,, which in freshwater includes the white bass and the yellow bass, and in saltwater includes the black sea bass, the striped bass, the giant sea bass, the kelp bass, and many other species that do not carry the name "bass."

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