Creek Chub


Other Common Names:

Horned dace, blackspot chub, brook chub, northern creek chub, silvery chub, common chub, tommycod, mud chub


Scientific Name

Semotilus atromaculatus


Average length about 4 inches



Olive to purplish back fading to a silvery-white on belly; lateral stripe from tip of snout to base of tail fin; stout body with broad, blunt head; small, flap-like barbel in groove in middle of upper jaw; very large mouth; wedge-shaped spot at base of tail and black spot in first 3 rays of dorsal fin


Photo & text courtesy of:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Iowa Fish and Fishing by James R. Harlan and Everett B. Speaker with James Mayhew; color illustrations by Maynard F. Reece

Fishes of Wisconsin by George C. Becker

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History


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