Lake Chubsucker

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

Lake Chubsucker

Scientific name

Erimyzon sucetta

FAMILY

Catostomidae

LENGTH

10-16 inches

DIET

Insect larvae, fish eggs, algae, detritus, and plant matter

FISH PROFILE

COMMON NAME

Lake Chubsucker

Scientific name

Erimyzon sucetta

FAMILY

Catostomidae

LENGTH

10-16 inches

DIET

Insect larvae, fish eggs, algae, detritus, and plant matter

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Lake chubsuckers on average measure 8-10 inches but can reach up to 16 inches long.  They have a characteristic downward pointed mouth and a robust body and rounded dorsal fin.  Many will have a dusky stripe along the body.

RANGE, HABITAT, BEHAVIOR, AND dIET

Lake chubsuckers can be found throughout the Great lakes and Mississippi River Basin from Ontario to the southeastern US, including all of Florida. It prefers slow moving or still waters with abundant aquatic vegetation. It feeds mostly on crustaceans and aquatic insects found along the substrate.

FUN FACTS

Occasionally lake chubsuckers lay their eggs in bass nests so that the male bass will guard them. Lake chubsuckers were identified as one of the top three fish species eaten by bald eagles in North Central Florida and are also an important food source for largemouth bass. Recently, siltation and coal ash spills have threatened the species and its habitat, placing it on the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) and the Species at Risk Act (SARA) lists. 

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