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Catostomus clarkii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Catostomidae
Tribe: Catostomini
Genus: Catostomus
Lesueur, 1817
Type species
Cyprinus catostomus
J. R. Forster, 1773

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Catostomus is a genus of fish belonging to the family Catostomidae, commonly known as suckers. Most members of the genus are native to North America, but C. catostomus is also found in Russia.


There are currently 28 recognized species in this genus:[1][2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). Species of Catostomus in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  2. ^ a b Smith, G.R., Stewart, J.D. & Carpenter, N.E. (2013): Fossil and recent mountain suckers, Pantosteus, and significance of introgression in catostomin fishes of Western United States. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, 743: 1-59.