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Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis)
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Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)

General Description: Red Shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) grow to about 3-inches long. These little fish are silvery overall with a forked tail. The snout is somewhat pointed, the mouth is terminal. In males, and the top of the head and fins become red during the breeding season.

Taxonomy: Minnow and Carp Family (Cyprinidae)

Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)

Diet: Omnivorous. Feeds on invertebrates, detritus, and algae in the water column and on the bottom.

Preferred Habitat: Flowing water. These fish are widely distributed in the southern Great Plains and south into Mexico. In the west, they have been introduced into the Colorado River drainage system, probably as bait fish.

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for these fish in the Virgin River and tributaries to the Colorado River, such as in Coyote Gulch in southern Utah.

Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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