Macrhybopsis - Native Speckled Chub


Information Last Reviewed Spring 2007




Preferred Environment

North American Distribution







Phylum: Chordata

Class: Actinopterygii

Order: Cypriniformes

Family: Cyprinidae

Genus: Macrhybopsis

Species found in the United States: M. aestivalis, M. australis, M. gelida (USFWS candidate species), M. hyostoma, M. marconis, M. meeki (USFWS candidate species), M. storeriana, and M. tetranema










Distinguishing Characteristics

Genus Macrhybopis can be distinguished from the following invasive carps by:




Preferred Environment:





North American Distribution:







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