Common name: Lake Chubsucker
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Identification: Becker (1983); Smith (1985); Page and Burr (1991); Etnier and Starnes (1993).
Size: 41 cm.
Native Range: Great Lakes and Mississippi River basin lowlands from southern Ontario to Wisconsin and south to Gulf of Mexico; Atlantic Slope from southern Virginia to southern Florida; Gulf Slope drainage from Charlotte Harbor, Florida, to Guadalupe River, Texas (Page and Burr 1991).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Erimyzon sucetta are found here.
Table last updated 2/27/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked as a forage fish in Nebraska. Unknown means in Illinois.
Status: Established in Illinois and Nebraska. The population in Gallatin County, Illinois, was known to be reproducing in 1988 (Burr et al. 1988).
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Becker, G. C. 1983. Fishes of Wisconsin. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.
Bouc, K. 1987. The fish book. Nebraskaland Magazine 65(1):1-130.
Burr, B. M, M. L. Warren, Jr., and K. S. Cummings. 1988. New distributional records of Illinois fishes with additions to the known fauna. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 81(1&2):163-170.
Etnier, D. A., and W. C. Starnes. 1993. The fishes of Tennessee. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, TN.
Gunning, G. E., and W. M. Lewis. 1956. Recent collections of some less common fishes in southern Illinois. Transactions of the Illinois Academy of Science 48:23-26.
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Smith, C. L. 1985. The inland fishes of New York state. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, NY. 522 pp.
Distribution in Illinois
Revision Date: 5/22/2019
Peer Review Date: 9/9/1999
Fuller, P., 2023, Erimyzon sucetta (Lacepède, 1803): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=358, Revision Date: 5/22/2019, Peer Review Date: 9/9/1999, Access Date: 3/25/2023
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