Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Bigmouth Buffalo
Ictiobus cyprinellus
Also known as: buffalo
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Thick-bodied fish with a large, thin-lipped, oblique mouth that opens nearly straight forward. No barbels or heavy spines. Young primarily feed on plankton and bottom-dwelling invertebrates while older fish primarily consume small crawfish, snails, clams, and immature aquatic insects, and strain the water for zooplankton. Seldom caught by anglers.
Family: Sucker
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Larger rivers in eastern Nebraska, particularly Central and Lower Platte drainages and adjacent sandpits.


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