Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
(Carps) > Catostomidae
(Suckers) > Ictiobinae
Etymology: Carpiodes: Greek, karpos = wrist, part of the skeleton which unites the hand to the fore arm (Ref. 45335); velifer: velifer, meaning sail bearer (Ref. 10294).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate, preferred ?; 46°N - 31°N
North America: Lake Michigan drainage and Mississippi River basin from Pennsylvania to Minnesota and South Dakota and south to Louisiana, USA; Atlantic Slope in Cape Fear and Santee River drainages in North Carolina, USA; Gulf Slope drainages from Choctawhatchee River to Pearl River in USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); common length : 26.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 11 years (Ref. 12193)
Occurs in pools and backwaters of creeks and small to large rivers (Ref. 3814, 10294).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott, 1991. Common and scientific names of fishes from the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Pub. (20):183 p. (Ref. 3814)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Aquarium: public aquariums
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00590 - 0.01775), b=3.00 (2.84 - 3.16), based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.4 ±0.1 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tmax=11).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (58 of 100) .