Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

River Carpsucker
Carpiodes carpio
Also known as: carpsucker
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


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