Creek Chub

CREEK

CHUB

SEMOTILUS ATROMACULATUS

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DESCRIPTION

I am recognized by my large head and dark spot present on the front of my dorsal fin. My color normally varies within shades of brown. I have a small maxillary barbell but it is often difficult to see. It is however the characteristic that most differentiates me from other minnows.

We breed in the spring, in narrow streams and rivers. Once the eggs have been laid, the male covers them with gravel and monitors the nest for a few days.

We are one of the most common species in Québec. So much so that in some areas, we are considered a nuisance as we compete with other fish preferred by fishermen for food.

Caracteristics

dimension

Average from 9 to 14 cm in length.

Habitat

All types of freshwater environments. Prevalent in Québec, New-Brunswick and Nova-Scotia.

Diet

Insects, worms and other invertebrates, small fish

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