Green sunfish are found among brush, tree stump or rocks near the bottom of lakes and streams. In our diorama, they are in the backwater lake. They eat insects, mollusks, and small fishes. They can be identified by color and by the black spot behind the gill.
The leaves of waterlilies float in ponds, lakes and sluggish streams while their roots anchor them in the muddy bottom.
On the right-hand side of the image, note the Marsh Ramhorn snail ([i]Planorbella trivolvis[/i]). It has long, slender tentacles that it uses to feel, smell, and taste as it searches for food. This snail does not have a true gill. It breathes directly through the soft skin of its mantle.