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Greater redhorse

(Moxostoma valenciennesi)

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Description

Moxostoma valenciennesi,engl.Greater Redhorse,belongs to the family of Redhorse.Moxostoma valenciennesi is one of the larger members of the suckling carp family.He can usually be 46 inches and two kilograms heavier,maximum 80 centimeters at a weight of 5.9 kilograms.They have relatively small eye sockets compared to the large round skull.Breast and construction finials have a reddish golden hue.The back can have an olive green color.The rear part of the dorsal fin may be slightly concave and convex in adult animals of juvenile fish.The caudal fin shows a notch typical of fish that eat near the bottom.Moxostoma valenciennesi differs from other types of sucking carp by its bright,rust-colored tail fin and the row of black color spots along the sides.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Cypriniformes
Family:Catostomidae
Genus:Moxostoma
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