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Moxostoma carinatum  (Cope, 1870)

River redhorse
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes (Carps) > Catostomidae (Suckers) > Catostominae
Etymology: Moxostoma: Greek, myxo = to suckle + Greek, stoma = mouth (Ref. 45335);  carinatum: From the word carinatum, meaning keeled (Ref. 10294).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; demersal.   Temperate; 47°N - 31°N

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 77.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 48.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. published weight: 4.0 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 12 years (Ref. 12193)

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North America: St. Lawrence River-Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins from southern Quebec in Canada to central Minnesota and western Iowa in USA, and south to northern Alabama and eastern Oklahoma, USA; Gulf Slope drainages from Escambia River in Florida to Pearl River in Louisiana and Mississippi, USA.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits rocky pools and swift runs of small to large rivers. Also occurs in impoundments (Ref. 5723, 10294). Locally common but disappearing from northern and western parts of range (Ref. 5723). Adult feeds on small bivalve mollusks (Ref. 10294).

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Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston. 432 p. (Ref. 5723)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Gamefish: yes
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00536 - 0.01864), b=2.95 (2.78 - 3.12), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tmax=12).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (65 of 100) .