Shorthead Redhorse Sucker : Great Lakes Aquarium

Shorthead Redhorse Sucker

Exhibits: Isle Royale

Animal Groups: Fish

Latin Name: Moxostoma macrolepidotum

Insects, small mollusks


Lake habitats; also rocky pools, runs, and riffles in rivers

Animal Size: 11 inches (28 cm)
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Natural History

Sensitive to chemical wastes, these fish are key species in their ecosystems, eating more insects than any other sucker and serving as food for pike and muskellunge.