Sicklefin Chub (Macrhybopsis Meeki) By Farris Baker and Ellis Kenyon
Description • The Sicklefin Chub is a currently endangered species of fish that resides in areas from northwest to mid-east America. The species has a nearly identical appearance to the sturgeon chub. Their skin is a light brown color on the back and upper sides and a silvery white color on the belly. Its fins are sharply pointed and its snout extends beyond the its mouth. It has a pair of maxillary barbels at the corners of its mouth. Their maximum size is approximately 4 inches long.
Habitat • The Sicklefin Chub can be found in areas with strong currents because it needs heavy, continuous, turbid waters. Because of that, there are few habitats that can support them; this means that they do not have a good amount of resources and space, and they become crowded and starve. They are restricted to the Missouri river main stem if they are in Kansas. Their habitat is very prone to alteration.
Endangerment The Sicklefin Chub is endangered because it can only live in few habitats, it suffers changes to impoundments, channelization, and regulated flow. It’s food is typically scarce.
Diet of the Sicklefin Chub • The Sicklefin Chub is a bottom feeder and therefore it doesn’t get much food to eat. It’s fleshy barbels at the corners of its mouth aid it in finding food. The Sicklefin Chub feeds on plant material.
Biotic Potential • The Sicklefin Chub lives up to a maximum of 4 years. They are sexually active at the age of 2. There is an interval of 3 years before the fish can reproduce again.