Fish Identification Guide

Smallmouth Buffalo
Ictiobus bubalus
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Thick-bodied fish, with a small, thick-lipped mouth positioned near the underside of the head and highly arched back. No barbels or heavy spines. Bottom-feeder, primarily consumes invertebrates (e.g. small crustaceans and insects), attached algae and associated detritus (plant material). Seldom caught by anglers.
Family: Sucker
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Missouri River, lower Platte River and adjacent sandpits.

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