Nocomis raneyi

Nocomis raneyi
Bull Chub – Nocomis raneyi
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaeNocomis raneyiLachner & Jenkins1971Bull Chub

Nocomis raneyi Bull Chub

Unique Characters: Very large, stout body. Conical barbel at corner of large, slightly subterminal mouth. Long snout; small eye high on head. Mouth narrow, shorter snout. Usually 60-200 tubercles on head that extend from the snout to well behind the eyes. Breast naked or weakly scaled. Anterior to dorsal fin with eight scales above lateral line to dorsum. Restricted to Roanoke, Tar, and Neuse basins.

Similar Species:

Nocomis tubercles
A. Bluehead Chub – N. leptocephalus. B. River Chub – N. micropogon. C. Bigmouth Chub – N. platyrhynchus.
Photo Credit: Luke Etchison NCWRC

River Chub
Nocomis micropogon

Bigmouth Chub
Nocomis platyrhynchus

Nocomis micropogon
River Chub – Nocomis micropogon

Nocomis platyrhynchus
Bigmouth Chub – Nocomis platyrhynchus

River Chub Nocomis micropogon. Usually fewer than 60 tubercles on head that do not extend behind the eyes. Breeding male has pink-blue head with large hump. Not sympatric with Bull Chub.

Bigmouth Chub Nocomis platyrhynchus. Nearly identical to Bull Chub but the Bigmouth Chub has a larger mouth, breast is usually well scaled, and is endemic to the New basin.

Bluehead Chub
Nocomis leptocephalus

Creek Chub
Semotilus atromaculatus

Nocomis leptocephalus
Bluehead Chub – Nocomis leptocephalus
Semotilus atromaculatus
Creek Chub – Semotilus atromaculatus

Bluehead Chub Nocomis leptocephalus. Strongly whorled intestine and tubercles on the head behind the nostrils.

Creek Chub Semotilus atromaculatus. Has a small flap-like barbel in the groove near the corner of the mouth and a well-defined black spot at the base of the dorsal fin. Dorsal fin origin is behind pelvic fin origin.

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