The native range of the Bigeye chub includes the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie drainages in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan as well as the Ohio River basin from New York to eastern Illinois and south to the Tennessee River drainage, Georgia and Alabama, and the Ozarks of southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and northeastern Oklahoma. There is one record of this species in the Cottonwood River in Kansas. It is absent from the Missouri River drainage.
The Bigeye chub is a freshwater fish of the United States. It prefers a habitat near riffles in quiet water with aquatic vegetation, in small to moderate size, clear-water tributaries with a sand, gravel, or rocky substrate. It is highly intolerant of siltation.
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