Ambloplites ariommus belongs to the family Centrarchidae, order Perciformes, and class Actinopterygii. Actinopterygii is the class of fishes with ray fins and has 14,800 species within the class. The order of Perciforms contains 160 families with over 10,000 species and Centrachidae contains 31 species (Helfman 2009). Common characteristics of Centrachid species are deep or pan-like bodies and dorsal fins comprised of hard and soft rays. Centrarchids are also known for reproductive habits such as nests being build and protected by the males (Helfman 2009).