Northern hogsucker

Northern Hogsucker

Hypentelium nigricans

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These fish are good indicators of waterway health, as they are intolerant of polluted and dirty water.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Allegheny Cascades

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Northern Hogsucker

The hogsucker is a very distinctive-looking fish with a pronounced, fleshy, subterminal mouth. This fish has a large head and narrow body, which is mottled with black markings over a light brown-white body. The hogsucker inhabits rocky creeks and small rivers.

Diet

The hogsucker eats benthic (bottom-dwelling) invertebrates, fish eggs, and some algae and plant matter

Size

The northern hogsucker can attain lengths of up to 2 feet and weigh a pound.

Range

Great Lakes, Hudson Bay, Mississippi River basins, and throughout the mid-Atlantic drainages

Population Status

Least concern

Predators

Larger fish and wading birds prey on the northern hogsucker.

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A Note From the Caretaker

The hogsucker spends most of its day rummaging through the substrate sifting out food. It is able to spit rocks and other indigestible items out of its gills while simultaneously swallowing food items.