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Becker, George C. / Fishes of Wisconsin
(1983)

Sucker family - catostomidae,   pp. 607-691 ff. PDF (39.5 MB)


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610   Sucker Family-Catostomidae 
deterioration in quality. Suckers, in fact, represent a valuable food re-
source whose day in the sun is yet to be seen. Recipes for cooking suck-
ers are given in A Fine Kettle of Fish (Hacker 1977). 
  Sucker distribution in Wisconsin is generally healthy, but the story in
neighboring states is not as favorable. The growth of industrialization in
the Great Lakes states, the increase in atomic energy and fossil fuel 
plants, the proliferation of irrigation projects and high-intensity farming,
and the expansion of towns and cities, with their increasing amounts of 
sewage effluents and automotive wastes, have all contributed to a 
shrinkage of the sucker's range. Some suckers are delicately balanced in
ecosystems which are being seriously altered, and accounts of massive 
fishkills frequently list "suckers and redhorse" as victims. Ultimately,
the 
result may be the decimation, extirpation, and extinction of sucker spe-
cies. 
  Two sucker species, the black redhorse and the creek chubsucker, were 
eliminated early in this century from their known ranges in southern 
Wisconsin. Efforts should be made to ensure the continued health of the 
remaining 17 species. 


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