Moxostoma macrolepidotum (Lesueur, 1817)
Shorthead redhorse
Moxostoma macrolepidotum
photo by The Native Fish Conservancy

Family:  Catostomidae (Suckers), subfamily: Catostominae
Max. size:  75 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 3,990.0 g; max. reported age: 9 years
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; brackish
Distribution:  North America: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River, Hudson Bay and Mississippi River basins from Quebec to Alberta in Canada and south to northern Alabama and Oklahoma in the USA; Atlantic Slope drainages from Hudson River in New York to Santee River in South Carolina, USA.
Biology:  Inhabit rocky pools, runs and riffles in small to large rivers. Also occur in lakes (Ref. 5723, 10294). Adults feed on benthic insect larvae; juveniles consume microcrustacea and midge larvae (Ref. 10294).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2012 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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