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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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buffalo-fish Ictiobus cyprinellus, the largest member of the sucker family Catostomidae in N. America, is abundant in shallow waters of lakes in the region of the Great Plains and has some commercial importance. A toothless creature, it feeds on plankton and is usually caught at a weight of 3–5 kg/5–10 lb.

This fish may also be called lake buffalo or blue buffalo, but is correctly termed ‘bigmouth buffalo’.