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sucker,

common name for members of the family Catostomidae, freshwater fish related to the minnowsminnow,
common name for the Cyprinidae, a large family of freshwater fish which includes the carp (Cyprinus carpio), and of which there are some 2,400 species. Minnows have soft-rayed fins and teeth in the throat only.
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. Like minnows and the less closely related catfishescatfish,
common name applied to members of the fish families constituting the order Siluriformes, found in fresh and coastal waters. Catfish are named for the barbels ("whiskers") around their mouths and have scaleless skins, fleshy, rayless posterior fins, and sharp defensive
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, the suckers possess an intricate set of bones forming a highly sensitive hearing apparatus. Suckers range in size from 6 in. (15 cm) to 3 ft (90 cm). They have fleshy, sucking mouths and are sluggish bottom feeders, eating small aquatic animals and plants. The white, or common, sucker, found throughout North America, is an important food fish with firm, sweet (though bony) flesh. Buffalo fish are large suckers whose coarse, bony, nutritious flesh is also much used as food in the central states. The bigmouth buffalo fish reaches 4 ft (120 cm) in length and 65 lb (29 kg) in weight, the smallmouth buffalo fish sometimes attains 20 lb (9 kg), and the black, or mongrel, buffalo fish is intermediate in size. Other suckers are known as red horses, carp suckers, and freshwater mullets. Suckers are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Cypriniformes, family Catostomidae.
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Sucker

 

(also, watershoot or water sprout), a shoot on the trunk or a thick branch of a tree that develops from dormant buds. Its leaves are larger than those of other shoots. Suckers are formed when a tree freezes, is pruned, or is given better lighting (for example, when neighboring trees are cut down). They are found frequently on oaks, maples, elms, black pop-lars, and Lombardy poplars. In fruit-bearing trees the suckers are usually destroyed because their growth decreases the number of flower buds, thereby decreasing also the fruit yield.

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sucker

[′sək·ər]
(botany)
A shoot that develops rapidly from the lower portion of a plant, and usually at the expense of the plant.
(zoology)
A disk-shaped organ in various animals for adhering to or holding onto an individual, usually of another species.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sucker

A shoot rising from a subterranean root or stem of a plant.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

sucker

1. a young animal that is not yet weaned, esp a suckling pig
2. Zoology an organ that is specialized for sucking or adhering
3. a cup-shaped device, generally made of rubber, that may be attached to articles allowing them to adhere to a surface by suction
4. Botany
a. a strong shoot that arises in a mature plant from a root, rhizome, or the base of the main stem
b. a short branch of a parasitic plant that absorbs nutrients from the host
5. a pipe or tube through which a fluid is drawn by suction
6. any small mainly North American cyprinoid fish of the family Catostomidae, having toothless jaws and a large sucking mouth
7. any of certain fishes that have sucking discs, esp the clingfish or sea snail
8. a piston in a suction pump or the valve in such a piston
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