Golden Redhorse


Other Common Names:

Golden mullet, smallheaded mullet, golden sucker, white sucker


Scientific Name:

Moxostoma erythrurum



Average is 11 inches



Feed on insects and small mollusks



Prefers clear rivers and medium-sized streams with gravelly riffles and permanent pools



Body is slender to stout, Back is brassy to bright gold with sides bronze to yellowish and belly is white. Caudal and dorsal fins slate colored with lower fins yellowish-orange to reddish in adults. No dark spots on scales


Photo Courtesy of

Konrad Schmidt - James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History


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


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