Fish Identification Guide

River Carpsucker
Carpiodes carpio
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Silvery, thick-bodied fish with a long sickle-shaped dorsal fin - first ray not reaching back beyond middle of fin. It has a nipple-like projection at middle of lower lip when mouth is closed. Bottom-feeder - consumes attached algae and associated protozoans/crustaceans as well as immature aquatic insects/worms, and detritus. Rarely caught by anglers.
Family: Sucker
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Statewide

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at