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Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
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Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)

General Description: Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) grow to 4- or 5-inches long. These little fish are silvery overall with a deeply forked tail. Most populations have dark speckling over the silvery body, but these fish adapt to their local conditions. The snout is rounded, the mouth is subterminal.

Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Speckled Dace and White River Spinedace

Taxonomy: Minnow and Carp Family (Cyprinidae)

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

Preferred Habitat: Flowing water. These fish are the most widely distributed fish in western North America (southwestern Canada to northern Mexico) and occur in desert springs, shallow desert stream, rivers, mountain torrents, and rarely even in lakes.

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look in most desert streams.

Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Speckled Dace in stream habitat
Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
Unusually large Speckled Dace
Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus) Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus)
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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