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Hypentelium nigricans (Northern hog sucker)

Synonyms: Catostomus nigricans; Hypentelium nigrecans
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Wikipedia Abstract

The northern hogsucker (Hypentelium nigricans) is a freshwater ray-finned fish belonging to the family Catostomidae, the suckers. It is native to the United States and Canada where it is found in streams and rivers. It prefers clear, fast-flowing water, where it can forage on the riverbed for crustaceans, mollusks, aquatic insects, algae and detritus. It turns over small pebbles and scrapes materials off rocks and sucks up the particles, and other species of fish sometimes station themselves downstream from its activities so as to garner disturbed food fragments. Breeding takes place on gravel bottoms in shallow riffles in late spring. This fish is susceptible to such man-made disturbances as channelization, sedimentation, pollution, and dam construction. However, it has a wide range and i
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Adult Weight [2]  1.54 lbs (700 g)
Female Maturity [1]  2 years 9 months
Male Maturity [2]  1 year 11 months
Diet [3]  Omnivore, Planktivore, Detritivore
Adult Length [1]  24 inches (61 cm)
Brood Dispersal [1]  In the open
Brood Egg Substrate [1]  Lithophils (rock-gravel)
Brood Guarder [1]  No
Litter Size [1]  30,000
Maximum Longevity [1]  11 years
Migration [3]  Potamodromous


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Appalachian Piedmont United States Nearctic Temperate Coastal Rivers    

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Buffalo National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 59947 Arkansas, United States
Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve 9859505 New York, Vermont, United States  
Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory LTER Site Long Term Ecological Research   North Carolina, United States
Gauley River National Recreation Area V 10157 West Virginia, United States
Gettysburg National Military Park V 3560 Pennsylvania, United States
Great Smoky Mountains National Park II 515454 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park VI 715 West Virginia, United States
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore II 8272 Indiana, United States
Land Between the Lakes Biosphere Reserve V 166264 Kentucky, Tennessee, United States
Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve (Natn'l Park) National Park II 51235 Kentucky, United States
Manassas National Battlefield Park III 5132 Virginia, United States
New River Gorge National River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 55591 West Virginia, United States
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
North Temperate Lakes LTER Site Long Term Ecological Research   Wisconsin, United States
Oak Ridge National Environmental Research Park 20001 Tennessee, United States
Obed Wild and Scenic River National River and Wild and Scenic Riverway V 5268 Tennessee, United States
Rock Creek Park   District of Columbia, United States
Saint Croix International Historic Site   Maine, United States
Shenandoah National Park II 108221 Virginia, United States
Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve 37548505 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States  
Upper Miss. River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge National Wildlife Refuge VI 25823 Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, United States
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield V   Missouri, United States


Prey / Diet

Aedes albopictus (forest day mosquito)[4]
Anax junius (green darner)[4]
Calopteryx maculata (Ebony jewelwing)[4]
Corydalus cornutus (dobsonfly)[4]
Daphnia ambigua (Water flea)[4]
Lampsilis radiata (eastern lampmussel)[4]
Limnodrilus hoffmeisteri (Aquatic worm)[4]
Lymnaea stagnalis (swamp lymnaea)[4]
Macrobdella decora (Freshwater leech)[4]
Notemigonus crysoleucas (Golden shiner minnow)[4]
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Agelaius phoeniceus (Red-winged Blackbird)3
Aix sponsa (Wood Duck)3
Ambystoma maculatum (Spotted Salamander)3
Ameiurus natalis (Yellow bullhead)6
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)6
Anaxyrus americanus americanus (Eastern American Toad)1
Anguilla rostrata (American eel)6
Archilochus colubris (Ruby-throated Hummingbird)1
Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)2
Buteo jamaicensis (Red-tailed Hawk)1
Charadrius vociferus (Killdeer)3
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)4
Cyanocitta cristata (Blue Jay)1
Cyprinus carpio (Common carp)6
Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)1
Eptesicus fuscus (big brown bat)2
Etheostoma olmstedi (Tessellated darter)4
Gambusia holbrooki (Bore-drain fish)6
Geothlypis trichas (Common Yellowthroat)1
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)8
Larus delawarensis (Ring-billed Gull)3
Lithobates catesbeianus (American Bullfrog)4
Lithobates sphenocephalus sphenocephalus (Florida Leopard Frog)3
Megaceryle alcyon (Belted Kingfisher)3
Micropterus salmoides (Northern largemouth bass)6
Nerodia sipedon (Northern Water Snake)1
Notemigonus crysoleucas (Golden shiner minnow)5
Notophthalmus viridescens (Eastern Newt)5
Ondatra zibethicus (muskrat)2
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)4
Pomoxis nigromaculatus (Strawberry bass)5
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)2
Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper)2
Semotilus atromaculatus (Horned dace)5
Strix varia (Barred Owl)2
Thamnophis sirtalis (Common Garter Snake)1
Turdus migratorius (American Robin)1


Ardea herodias (Great Blue Heron)[4]
Chelydra serpentina (Common Snapping Turtle)[4]
Ictalurus punctatus (Channel catfish)[4]
Phalacrocorax auritus (Double-crested Cormorant)[4]
Procyon lotor (Raccoon)[4]


Lemna minor (common duckweed)[4]
Platanus mexicana (American sycamore)[4]
Pontederia cordata (Pickerel Weed)[4]


Parasitized by 
Glaridacris catostomi <Unverified Name>[5]
Leptorhynchoides thecatus[5]
Neoechinorhynchus saginatus[5]
Pomphorhynchus bulbocolli[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Range Map

America, North - Inland waters; Canada; Great Lakes; Mississippi; Missouri; Nearctic; North America: Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and Mississippi River basins from New York in USA and Ontario in Canada to Minnesota and south to Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana in USA; from Mohawk-Hudson River to Altamaha River in USA; from Pascagoula River to C; North America: Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and Mississippi River basins from New York in USA and Ontario in Canada to Minnesota and south to Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana in USA; from Mohawk-Hudson River to Altamaha River in USA; from Pascagoula River to Comite River in USA.; USA (contiguous states);



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
4Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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