The Nonindigenous Occurrences section of the NAS species profiles has a new structure. The section is now dynamically updated from the NAS database to ensure that it contains the most current and accurate information. Occurrences are summarized in Table 1, alphabetically by state, with years of earliest and most recent observations, and the tally and names of drainages where the species was observed. The table contains hyperlinks to collections tables of specimens based on the states, years, and drainages selected. References to specimens that were not obtained through sighting reports and personal communications are found through the hyperlink in the Table 1 caption or through the individual specimens linked in the collections tables.

Erimyzon sucetta
Erimyzon sucetta
(Lake Chubsucker)
Native Transplant

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Erimyzon sucetta (Lacep├Ęde, 1803)

Common name: Lake Chubsucker

Taxonomy: available through www.itis.govITIS logo

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).

Native range data for this species provided in part by NatureServe NS logo
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps

Nonindigenous Occurrences:

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.

StateFirst ObservedLast ObservedTotal HUCs with observations†HUCs with observations†
IL195219873Big Muddy; Lower Wabash; Upper Mississippi-Cape Girardeau
NE197819872Missouri Region; South Fork Big Nemaha
TX198119811Jim Ned

Table last updated 4/16/2024

† 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.

Remarks: Earlier records of this species in southern Illinois are based on creek chubsuckers Erimyzon oblongus (Burr et al. 1988).

Voucher specimens: Illinois (SIUC 8267, 8268, 15263).

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.

Other Resources:
Distribution in Illinois - ILNHS

FishBase Summary

Author: Fuller, P.

Revision Date: 5/22/2019

Peer Review Date: 9/9/1999

Citation Information:
Fuller, P., 2024, Erimyzon sucetta (Lacep├Ęde, 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: 4/16/2024

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