Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Catostomidae
(Suckers) > Catostominae
Etymology: Erimyzon: Greek, eri = aumentative prefix, a lot + Greek, myzo = to suckle (Ref. 45335); sucetta: From the word sucet, meaning sucker (Ref. 10294).
More on author: Lacepède.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.0 - 7.5; dH range: ? - 15. Temperate; 4°C - 20°C (Ref. 2060); 44°N - 26°N
North America: Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin lowlands from southern Ontario in Canada to Wisconsin, USA and south to Gulf of Mexico in the USA; Atlantic Slope from southern Virginia to southern Florida in USA; Gulf Slope drainages from Charlotte Harbor, Florida to Guadalupe River in Texas, USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 25.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 72462)
Occurs in lakes, swamps, ponds, sloughs and impoundments over silt, sand or debris. Rarely found in streams (Ref. 5723). Feeds on microcrustacea and midge larvae (Ref. 10294).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01202 (0.00574 - 0.02520), b=2.99 (2.81 - 3.17), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.39 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=8; Fec=20,000).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100).