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.
Medium-sized sucker with large, bony, square head. The eye is much closer to the back edge of the gill than it is to the tip of the snout. The mouth is at tip of snout on bottom; the lips are highly protrusable and covered with bumps. Usually has four dark crossbars.
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