ave10 inches, max 16 inches
Insect larvae, fish eggs, algae, detritus, and plant matter
Family: Catostomidae (suckers)
Distinguishing features: They will average around 8-10 inches, but can be up to 16” long. They have a characteristic downpointed mouth and a rounded dorsal fin. Many will have a dusky stripe along the body.
Range, habitat and behavior: Lake chubsuckers can be found throughout the southeastern US, including all of Florida.
Diet: Insect larvae, fish eggs, algae, detritus, and plant matter.
Occasionally they will lay their eggs in bass nests so that the male bass will guard them.
Lake chubsuckers were identified as one of the top 3 fish eaten by bald eagles in North Central Florida according to one study. They are also an important diet item for largemouth bass.