Fish Identification Guide Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Quillback
Carpiodes cyprinus
Also known as: quillback carpsucker
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Silvery, thick-bodied fish with a long, sickle-shaped dorsal fin with first dorsal ray reaching back beyond middle of fin. Lower lip lacks nipple when mouth is closed. Bottom-feeder, consumes larval aquatic insects, snails, small clams, algae, and debris. Rarely caught by anglers.
Family: Sucker
Type: Non-Game Fish
Range: Statewide


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