River Carpsucker


Other Common Names:

Carpsucker, white carp, quillback, silvery carp, northern carpsucker


Scientific Name:

Carpiodes carpio



Average length 12-16 inches



Back is brownish-olive in color with silvery sides fading to whitish belly, scales large, nipple-like extension on lower lip.


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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