Redspot Chub
Photo by Garold Sneegas
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Redspot Chub
Nocomis asper

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  • Range: Kansas range map for Redspot Chub
    Dark Blue = Counties with designated critical habitat
    Light Blue = Historical records
  • Comments: The redspot chub closely resembles the hornyhead chub but occupies different drainages. In Kansas, the redspot chub is found in the Spring River basin while the hornyhead chub is found in the Marais des Cygnes River basin. Unlike the male hornyhead chub that has tubercles only on its head, the redspot chub will also develop them on its sides. The red spot behind the eye is prominent in the male and also present in adult females. Nests constructed by redspot chubs are also used for spawning by other species of fish such as the Southern redbelly dace, cardinal shiner and Ozark minnow. This chub will reach 5-7 inches in length. This fish is restricted to small portions of southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas and southwest Missouri where it primarily inhabits streams in the Ozark uplands.

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