Catostomidae (suckers) in the order Cypriniformes (carps, minnows and loaches)
Large bodied with large scales. Dark lower fins. Long, sickle-shaped dorsal fin. Oblique mouth.
Total length: 15-27 inches (maximum 48 inches).
Habitat and conservation:
Deeper pools of rivers, streams and impoundments.
Omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates and detritus from the bottom.
Distribution in Missouri:
In streams, rivers and impoundments throughout most of Missouri except for the extreme southwest and south central regions.
Can live up to 10 years.
Many people enjoy bigmouth buffalo meat smoked or deep fried. Seldom taken on a hook and line; most are caught with trammel nets and other commercial fishing gear. Well-suited for artificial propagation.
One of the most abundant and widely distributed stream fishes in the Ozarks, the northern hogsucker has a large, bony, square head. The mouth is at the tip of snout on the bottom; the lips are highly protrusable and covered with bumps. There are usually four dark crossbars.
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