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Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum
River and Stream Ecosystems

The fish you see below are some native fish species that can be found in the river ecosystem.

Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii)

Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

The brook trout is a native trout that lives in cool, well oxygenated streams and rivers. The brook trout feeds on small insects found in the river. Brook trout are among the most colorful fish species seen in a river or stream. They are also called "brookies."

White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii)

White suckers are bottom feeding fish that spend most of their time in shallow, warm waters. During spring they migrate up rivers and streams to spawn. White suckers are among the most common fish species found in rivers and streams during spring and summer.

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