The Northern Hog Sucker (Hypentelium nigricans) belong to the Catostomidae family. This fish is found in Central and Eastern North America. The range of these fishes includes Great Lakes, Ohio, Mississippi, and some other Atlantic drainages. The types of habitat these fishes inhabit include warm waters, large streams, small rivers, and medium-sized creeks, and similar types of environment. The food these fishes eat includes aquatic insects, crustaceans, mollusks. Some Northern Hogsucker identification features include a conical body towards the tail fin with a thicker head region and the body is marked or spotted with four dark-brown, lateral bars and form saddles on this fish's back. The back is dark olive or bronze or red-brown and the belly is of a lighter shade, that is dull or pale yellow or white. These fish have a specific number of rays in the dorsal fins and the pectoral fins. Spawning or mating of this species takes place around mid to late spring as during this time the water becomes warm. The males of this species are known to come together in the gravel and mate with the receptive females of these species and the eggs are deposited on the gravel. The life span of this species is almost 11 years. This species is known to be smaller than a redhorse. This species is known to be vulnerable to some disturbances that are man-made like sedimentation, pollution, dam construction, and channelization. This species has been listed as Least Concern by Internation Union for Conservation of Nature.
What class of animal does a Northern Hogsucker belong to?
Northern Hog Sucker (Hypentelium nigricans) belongs to the class of ray-finned fishes.
How many Northern Hogsuckers are there in the world?
There is been no recorded number of these Northern Hog suckers estimated.
Where does a Northern Hogsucker live?
The population of these Northern Hogsuckers ranges across Central and Eastern North America. The population is distributed in the range that includes Great Lakes, Ohio, Mississippi, and some other Atlantic drainages.
What is a Northern Hogsucker's habitat?
This species is found in areas with warm waters, large streams, small rivers, and medium-sized creeks. It is believed that these fishes prefer high-quality waters and substrates without heavy siltation. These Northern Hog Suckers prefer to stay near the bottom in waters with a variety of depths and flow changes. Adults are known to be found in deep waters whereas the young ones in faster waters.
Who does Northern Hogsucker live with?
Northern Hog suckers are known to spawn in groups.
How long does a Northern Hogsucker live?
The life span of these Northern Hog Sucker fishes is about 11 years.
How do they reproduce?
The spawning of these fish takes place around mid to late spring as during this time the water becomes warm. The spawning takes place near the places they reside, in shallow waters and sometimes migrate long distances. The males gather in gravel areas and many males court the receptive females. The eggs of these fish are considered to be non-cohesive and loose and these eggs gravitate on the gravel. At around two or three years of age sexual maturity is reached but it has been observed that most of these fishes do not spawn until four years of age.
What is their conservation status?
The conservation status of these Northern Hog Sucker fish is Least Concern.
Northern Hogsucker Fun Facts
What do Northern Hogsucker look like?
It is believed that the Northern Hog Sucker is known to have a piglike appearance. It has a steep or a sharp forehead. The lips of these fishes are protruding or projecting outwards and are large and fleshy which is very similar looking to the snout of a pig. The snout of these fishes is bluish-blackish in color. There is a hollow depression between the eyes which is common in other sucker fishes of this family. The shape of the body is conical which narrows behind the dorsal fin or towards the tail fin, and marked or spotted with four dark-brown, lateral bars and form saddles on this fish's back. The region of the head of these fishes is thicker than the caudal part. The back is dark olive or bronze or red-brown and the belly is of a lighter shade, that is dull or pale yellow or white. Some larger fishes are known to have their dorsal fin black-tipped. There are around 11 rays in the dorsal fins and 32-38 rays in the pectoral fins.
How cute are they?
The Northern Hog Sucker is not considered cute.
How do they communicate?
Not much information is available regarding the communication of these Northern Hog Sucker.
How big is a Northern Hogsucker?
The Northern Hog sucker is known to be smaller than a redhorse and its average length ranges from 6-12 in (152-305 mm) and reaches a maximum length of about 17 in.
How fast can a Northern Hogsucker swim?
The exact speed of the Northern Hog sucker is unknown but they are known to swim very fast.
How much does a Northern Hogsucker weigh?
The weight of the Northern Hog Sucker can be up to up to 2 lb (0.9 kg).
What are their male and female names of the species?
There are no specific names for the males and females of this species.
What would you call a baby Northern Hogsucker?
There is no particular name for a baby Northern Hog Sucker.
What do they eat?
The Northern Hog Sucker fish feeds mostly on insect larvae, (crustaceans), larvae, algae, and detritus. It sucks these organisms through its snout.
Are they poisonous?
Northern Hog Sucker fishes are not considered poisonous.
Would they make a good pet?
Not much information is available regarding these fishes as pets.
Did you know...
Northern Hogsucker, scientific name Hypentelium nigricans, is derived from Greek and Latin words. The word Hypentelium has its roots in Greek and it means below five lobes and nigricans meaning blackish in Latin.
These fish are known to be a good indicator of water health as these fishes are intolerant or sensitive to polluted water.
These fish are known to migrate long distances in the spring to spawn in small streams.
These fishes are also known to compete with other species like redhorse or other sucker species for the breeding or spawning habitat.
Most Northern Hogsucker research states that the larger specimens are females.
To catch a Northern Hog Sucker (Hypentelium nigricans) let your bait drift with the current and it can also be caught with artificial lures.
Do they bite?
No, Northern Hog Sucker do not bite.
Do humans eat them?
These fishes are consumed by humans and it is believed that the best way to cook them and eat them is by deep-frying them.
Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other fish including codfish facts and barramundi facts.
At Kidadl we pride ourselves on offering families original ideas to make the most of time spent together at home or out and about, wherever you are in the world. We strive to recommend the very best things that are suggested by our community and are things we would do ourselves - our aim is to be the trusted friend to parents.
We try our very best, but cannot guarantee perfection. We will always aim to give you accurate information at the date of publication - however, information does change, so it’s important you do your own research, double-check and make the decision that is right for your family.
Kidadl provides inspiration to entertain and educate your children. We recognise that not all activities and ideas are appropriate and suitable for all children and families or in all circumstances. Our recommended activities are based on age but these are a guide. We recommend that these ideas are used as inspiration, that ideas are undertaken with appropriate adult supervision, and that each adult uses their own discretion and knowledge of their children to consider the safety and suitability.
Kidadl cannot accept liability for the execution of these ideas, and parental supervision is advised at all times, as safety is paramount. Anyone using the information provided by Kidadl does so at their own risk and we can not accept liability if things go wrong.
Sponsorship & Advertising Policy
Kidadl is independent and to make our service free to you the reader we are supported by advertising.
We hope you love our recommendations for products and services! What we suggest is selected independently by the Kidadl team. If you purchase using the buy now button we may earn a small commission. This does not influence our choices. Please note: prices are correct and items are available at the time the article was published.
Kidadl has a number of affiliate partners that we work with including Amazon. Please note that Kidadl is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.
We also link to other websites, but are not responsible for their content.