Carpiodes carpio

Carpiodes carpio
River Carpsucker – Carpiodes carpio
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Carpiodes carpio

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CatostomidaeCarpiodes carpio(Rafinesque)1820River Carpsucker

Unique Characters: Subopercle asymmetrical (triangular). Lower lip with small fleshy knob at tip. Tip of lower lip not well in advance of anterior nostril. Body long. Adult snout pointed. Tubercles small, smaller on snout and dorsum of head than on opercles; tubercles absent from most body scales. Currently restricted to lower French Broad River in Madison County and Nolichucky basin.

Similar Species:

Quillback Carpiodes cyprinus. Subopercle asymmetrical (triangular). Lower lip with no small fleshy knob at tip. Tip of lower lip well in advance of anterior nostril.

Carpiodes cyprinus
Quillback – Carpiodes cyprinus

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