Hiodon alosoides (Rafinesque, 1819)
member of the Mooneye Family (Hiodontidae)
Missouri River, Chouteau County, Montana June 1984
In a Name?
Do They Live?
Goldeye are in all of Minnesota's major river drainage systems, except the upper Mississippi River and Lake Superior drainage systems. They are especially abundant in Lake of the Woods and Red Lakes. They favor the more quiet areas of turbid (cloudy) rivers and their connected lakes and marshy backwaters or the shallow, muddy areas of larger lakes.
Big Do They Get?
Do They Eat?
The goldeye is an opportunistic carnivore (it eats whatever animals it can). Its most frequent menu items are aquatic insect larvae and fish of every species that live in the same habitat and are small enough to be swallowed. But over the years, their stomachs have contained the following additional items: worms, snails, waterfleas, sideswimmers, terrestrial (land) insects (including lighting bugs), frogs, mice, and shrews.
Do They Reproduce?
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Photographs by Konrad P. Schmidt
Text by Nicole Paulson & Jay T. Hatch in cooperation with
the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' MinnAqua Aquatic Program
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Maintained by Jay T. Hatch
General College and James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Last updated 23 October 2002