Family:Catostomidae (suckers) in the order Cypriniformes (carps, minnows and loaches)
Large bodied with large scales. Dark lower fins. Long, sickle-shaped dorsal fin. Oblique mouth.
Size:Total length: 15-27 inches (maximum 48 inches).
Habitat and conservation:Deeper pools of rivers, streams and impoundments.
Foods:Omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates and detritus from the bottom.
Distribution in Missouri:In streams, rivers and impoundments throughout most of Missouri except for the extreme southwest and south central regions.
Life cycle:Can live up to 10 years.
Human connections:Many people enjoy bigmouth buffalo meat smoked or deep fried. Seldom taken on a hook and line; most are caught with trammel nets and other commercial fishing gear. Well-suited for artificial propagation.
Ecosystem connections:Aquatic invertebrate control.