Moxostoma pappillosum

Moxostoma pappillosum
V-lip Redhorse – Moxostoma pappillosum
Moxostoma pappillosum lips
Moxostoma pappillosum lips
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CatostomidaeMoxostoma pappillosum(Cope)1870V-lip Redhorse

Moxostoma pappillosum

Unique Characters: Circumpeduncle scales modally 12. Lower lip V-shaped. Lower lip papillose, papillae rounded at edges, regularly arranged, small, and mostly subequal or equal in size. Front of upper lip papillose. Lower lip with smoothly curved posterior margin, not abruptly thinned at a point distinctly anterior to its juncture with upper lip. Dorsal fin margin of adults and large juveniles almost always slightly falcate or moderately concave. Caudal peduncle shallow.

Moxostoma pappillosum
Moxostoma pappillosum_NCSM 77386

Similar Species:

Notchlip Redhorse
Moxostoma collapsum

“Brassy” Jumprock Moxostoma sp.

Notchlip Redhorse – Moxostoma collapsum
Notchlip Redhorse – Moxostoma collapsum Lips
Moxostoma sp. Brassy Jumprock
Moxostoma sp. “Brassy” Jumprock

Notchlip Redhorse Moxostoma collapsum. Circumpeduncle scales modally 12. Lower lip V-shaped, semi-papillose; its fine ridges (plicae) deeply, transversely, and somewhat irregularly dissected. Front of upper lip usually smooth, papillae absent. Lower lip usually abruptly thinned at a point distinctly anterior to it juncture with upper lip.

“Brassy” Jumprock Moxostoma sp. Circumpeduncle scales modally 16. Lower lip with slight indentation, relatively straight.


V-lip Redhorse, Moxostoma pappillosum
V-lip Redhorse, Moxostoma pappillosum, Deep River, Chatham-Lee counties, NC, 11/03/2023, photograph by Tim Aldridge