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Hypentelium nigricans (Northern hog sucker)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The northern hogsucker (Hypentelium nigricans) is a freshwater ray-finned fish belonging to the family Catostomidae, the suckers. It is native to the United States and Canada where it is found in streams and rivers. It prefers clear, fast-flowing water, where it can forage on the riverbed for crustaceans, mollusks, aquatic insects, algae and detritus. It turns over small pebbles and scrapes materials off rocks and sucks up the particles, and other species of fish sometimes station themselves downstream from its activities so as to garner disturbed food fragments. Breeding takes place on gravel bottoms in shallow riffles in late spring. This fish is susceptible to such man-made disturbances as channelization, sedimentation, pollution, and dam construction. However, it has a wide range and i
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Adult Length [1]  24 inches (61 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In the open
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Lithophils (rock-gravel)
Brood Guarder [1]  No
Litter Size [1]  30,000
Maximum Longevity [1]  11 years
Migration [3]  Potamodromous
Adult Weight [2]  1.543 lbs (700 g)
Diet [3]  Omnivore, Planktivore, Detritivore
Female Maturity [1]  2 years 9 months
Male Maturity [2]  1 year 11 months


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Appalachian Piedmont United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    

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Prey / Diet Overlap


Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)[4]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[4]
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)[4]
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)[4]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[4]


Lemna minor (common duckweed)[4]
Platanus mexicana (American sycamore)[4]
Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)[4]


Parasitized by 
Glaridacris catostomi[5]
Leptorhynchoides thecatus[5]
Neoechinorhynchus saginatus[5]
Pomphorhynchus bulbocolli[5]

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Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0