Animalia > Chordata > Cypriniformes > Catostomidae > Moxostoma > Moxostoma macrolepidotum

Moxostoma macrolepidotum (Short-headed red-horse; Short-headed mullet; Shorthead redhorse; Red sucker; Northern shorthead redhorse; Northern redhorse; Common redhorse; Common mullet)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The shorthead redhorse (Moxostoma macrolepidotum) is a wide-ranging species in North America that needs to be monitored throughout its range. The shorthead redhorse is native to central and eastern North America. However, its range has expanded to include areas like the Hudson estuary and Grayson County, Texas. It inhabits small to large rivers and lakes, and lives in the benthic zone. Shorthead redhorse feed on benthic invertebrates and can consume plant material from the benthic environment that it inhabits. When it spawns, shorthead redhorse move into more shallow streams and spawn over gravel or rocky shoals. They will also spawn in springs with swift moving water. The shorthead redhorse is important to humans because it is a game fish. It is also important to anglers because of its ro
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Adult Length [1]  30 inches (75 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In the open
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Lithophils (rock-gravel)
Brood Guarder [1]  No
Litter Size [1]  44,000
Maximum Longevity [1]  9 years
Adult Weight [2]  4.839 lbs (2.195 kg)
Diet [3]  Planktivore, Detritivore, Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Female Maturity [1]  3 years 6 months

Protected Areas


Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)[4]
Pandion haliaetus (Osprey)[4]


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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
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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