The Moapa Dace

The Moapa Dace
Difficulty

Period

prohibited all year

Minimum size

not available

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The Moapa Dace belongs to the Cyprinidae family. It has an average size of 10 to 13 cm. It has a lifespan of 4 years old. It may spawn throughout the year with a maximum activity in spring. It is an endangered species so the fishing is prohibited.
It is a small fish with a short head, a terminal mouth and thick, semiconducting lips. The dorsal fin begins above or slightly behind the insertion of the pelvic fins and the caudal fin is forked. The dorsal color is dark, the sides are brownish with slightly golden areas and the ventral color is light. There is a dark spot on the tail and a dark line on each side of the body. The scales are small and deeply inlaid and the skin looks like leather. Some dace species have a small maxillary barbell, but not the species.

The Moapa Dace lifestyle

The Moapa dace is omnivorous. It feeds mainly on invertebrates, detritus and algae in the water column and at the bottom.
This species successfully breeds at water temperatures between 28°C and 32°C. The species matures at the age of 1 year. There is not much information about the reproductive characteristics of the Moapa dace.

The Moapa Dace habitat

Moapa dace prefers habitat in local headwaters where the water temperature is between 28°C and -32°C and turbidity is low. It is known in spring pools, springs, small streams and the main channel of the river. A slight current exists in most of the areas inhabited by the species. The native waters of this unique fish are clear, with variable bottom types in pool habitats and can be gravel deposited in the spring or organic flakes/silt. In flow courses, bottoms can be sand, gravel, pebbles and pebbles or mud.
The Moapa dace (Moapa coriacea) is a rare fish originates from southern Nevada in the United States, found only in the hot springs that give rise to the Muddy River and in the upper parts of the river.

The Moapa Dace angling

The Moapa Dace is an endangered species. Fishing for it is therefore prohibited.

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