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Shorthead Redhorse - Moxostoma macrolepidotum

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Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
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BLM:
FWP Conservation Tier: 3


 

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General Description
The shorthead redhorse is native to Montana and typically found in the shallow, swift waters of larger rivers in our eastern drainage. Its maximum size in Montana is about 5 pounds. Their natural silver-green coloration is offset by bright red fins. Shorthead redhorse are frequently caught on baited hooks.

Diagnostic Characteristics
Sides golden or silvery, back olive to brown with golden reflections, underside white to yellow. No other Montana sucker has a red tail fin.

General Distribution
Montana Range



Western Hemisphere Range

 


Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 6759

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Habitat
Moderately large rivers with sand, gravel or rocky bottom, intermediate temperatures, and swift current.

References
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Citation for data on this website:
Shorthead Redhorse — Moxostoma macrolepidotum.  Montana Field Guide.  Montana Natural Heritage Program and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  Retrieved on July 31, 2014, from http://FieldGuide.mt.gov/detail_AFCJC10110.aspx
 
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