Desert Sucker

 

The Desert Sucker is a small, torpedo-shaped bottom feeder with an underslung mouth and a squarish head.  It is common in some of the large, turbid rivers of the southwest - chiefly the Virgin, White, Colorado, Gila, and Bill Williams rivers.  A small fish, it rarely exceeds a foot long but tops out around 16 inches  It can be caught on small earthworms or pieces of nightcrawler, fished on the bottom in moderate current.

 

Other Names: Gila Mountain Sucker

 

Subspecies: The White River Mountain Sucker (a.k.a. White River Desert Sucker), the Virgin River Desert Sucker, and the Meadow Valley Wash Desert Sucker all all subspecies of the desert sucker.

 

 

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The Desert Sucker (top) is often found in the same waters as the Sonoran Sucker (bottom). Sonorans have a more contrasting, hard-edged color pattern. Desert suckers also have a wider mouth.

 

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EmotionalSpock, Arizona Dept. of Fish and Game

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