spotted sucker

characteristics

COMMON NAME

Spotted Sucker

Scientific name

Minytrema melanops

LENGTH

up to 19 inches

DIET

Adult insects and larvae, eaten off of the river bottom with their downturned mouth

FISH DESCRIPTION

Family: Catostomidae (suckers)

Distinguishing features: Spotted suckers have rows of spots along side. The primary characteristics will be a downturned “sucker” mouth and an angular dorsal fin. Some spotted suckers’ fins may have a reddish tint.

Range, habitat and behavior: Spotted suckers are widely distributed across the central and eastern U.S., but their range does not include the southern areas of Florida. They will mostly likely be seen swimming or feeding near the bottom.

Diet: Adult insects and larvae, eaten off of the river bottom with their downturned mouth.

Fun facts

Due to their sensitivity to poor water quality and high turbidity, spotted suckers have been eliminated from some Florida streams. Spring-fed rivers offer the pristine water quality that can maintain this species.

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