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Alligator Gar
American Eel
Atlantic Croaker
Atlantic Sharpnose Shark
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Black Drum
Blackstripe Topminnow
Blacktail Shiner
Blue Catfish
Blue Tilapia
Chain Pickerel
Channel Catfish
Common Carp
Flathead Catfish
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Grass Carp
Gray Redhorse
Green Sunfish
Guadalupe Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Inland Silverside
Lake Chubsucker
Largemouth Bass
Longear Sunfish
Longnose Gar
Longnose Sucker
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Red-bellied Pacu
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Redspotted Sunfish
Rio Grande Cichlid
River Carpsucker
Rock Bass
Shortnose Gar
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Spotted Bass
Spotted Gar
Spotted Sucker
Spotted Sunfish
Striped Bass
Striped Mullet
Suckermouth Catfish
Sunfish (Bream)
Threadfin Shad
White Bass
White Crappie
Yellow Bass
Yellow Bullhead

Spotted Sucker
Spotted suckers are a widely distributed species, ranging throughout the central and southeastern United States.  Primarily a river fish, they occur in moderate-sized creeks and rivers. Warm clear water with little current and an abundance of submerged aquatic vegetation over soft bottom is the preferred habitat. It is intolerant of turbid water, industrial, and agricultural pollutants. These fish average 12 to 18 inches in length.

A heavy bodied fish, Spotted Suckers are easily distinguished from other suckers by the rows of black spots along the sides of the body.  Colors are dark olive along the back shading to cream/white on the bottom.  The mouth is subterminal. The lower lip forms an acute V-shape.

Breeding males exhibit two dark stripes separated by a pinkish band. White bumps on the snout, about the head and anal fin are heavy.  Spawning occurs from late February into April when water temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Adult suckers enter small stream tributaries of rivers and reservoirs to spawn. Spawning takes place over riffles of gravel and cobble in moderate to swift current.  A female is attended by several males. Semi-adhesive eggs are broadcast at random and hatch in 7 to 12 days.  Sexual maturity occurs by the third year.

Food of spotted sucker includes insect larvae, crustaceans and plant materials that include algae.

Spotted Sucker in Texas

Native ot the Brazos River basin northeast to the Red River.  A seperate population exists in the Llano River.
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