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Longnose Dace Rhinichthys cataractae


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Longnose Dace
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Family: Cyprinidae, Carps and Minnows view all from this family

Description The longnose dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) is found in muddy and warm, clear and cold, streams and lakes. The largest longnose dace are about 6 inches long. They are well-adapted for living on the bottom of fast-flowing streams among the stones. Longnose dace eat mostly immature aquatic insects. They are important forage minnows for larger predatory fish.

Dimensions Up to 7" (18 cm).

Habitat Rivers & streams, Lakes & ponds.

Range Plains, Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska.