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Shorthead Redhorse (Moxostoma macrolepidotum)

The most common of Minnesota's redhorse species, the shorthead redhorse is named for its small head and its radiant red fins. What sets this redhorse apart from its kin, however, is that it's a bug lover. Bottom-dwelling insects, especially, quell the hunger of this sucker family member. Usually, suckers will equally consume anything from bottom-dwelling invertebrates to vegetation and detritus, but shorthead is a black horse in this respect ... or redhorse, rather. Its favorite morsels include waterfleas, sideswimmers, copepods, and a worm every now and then, which make up the majority of its diet. Yum!


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