Fish Identification Guide

Shorthead Redhorse
Moxostoma macrolepidotum
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: A slender fish having a short, triangular-shaped dorsal fin, dark-edged scales giving the appearance of lines, and a lower lip with grooves and a nearly straight rear margin. All fins have definite red color. Bottom-feeder, primarily consuming immature aquatic insects. Rarely caught by anglers.
Family: Sucker
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Statewide

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at