lake chubsucker

characteristics

COMMON NAME

Lake Chubsucker

Scientific name

Erimyzon sucetta

LENGTH

ave10 inches, max 16 inches

DIET

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

FISH DESCRIPTION

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.

Fun facts:

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.

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