Other Common Names:

Carpsucker, white carp, silver carp, plains carpsucker, lake quillback, coldwater carp, quillback sucker, mullet, long-finned sucker


Scientific Name:

Carpiodes cyprinus



Feeds on insects



Prefers rivers with sand or gravel bottom



Range from 12 to 17 inches with an average of 14 inches.



Brown back with silvery reflections, sides tinged golden yellow with dark edged scales, belly white, scales large, no nipple-like extension on lower lip


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

Fishes of Indiana published by Indiana Department of Conservation, Division of Fish and Game (1964)


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