Rhinichthys cataractae

Rhinichthys cataractae
Longnose Dace – Rhinichthys cataractae
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
LeuciscidaeRhinichthys cataractae(Valenciennes)1842Longnose Dace

Rhinichthys cataractae

Unique Characters: Long, slender streamlined body, flattened below. Very small scales. Many brown-black specks on back and side. Barbel in corner of mouth. No groove separating snout from upper lip. Long fleshy snout. Eyes high on the head.

Similar Species:

Western Blacknose Dace
Rhinichthys obtusus

Eastern Blacknose Dace
Rhinichthys atratulus

Rhinichthys obtusus
Western Blacknose Dace – Rhinichthys obtusus

Rhinichthys atratulus
Eastern Blacknose Dace – Rhinichthys atratulus
Rhinichthys atratulus
Eastern Blacknose Dace – Rhinichthys atratulus

Western Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys obtusus. Lacks long fleshy snout. Eyes more on the side of the head. Long, slender streamlined body, flattened below. Small scales. Many brown-black specks on back and side. Barbel in corner of mouth. No groove separating snout from upper lip. Breeding male has reddish-orange below a black lateral stripe.

Eastern Blacknose Dace Rhinichthys atratulus. Lacks long fleshy snout. Eyes more on the side of the head. Long, slender streamlined body, flattened below. Very small scales. Many brown-black specks on back and side. Barbel in corner of mouth. No groove separating snout from upper lip. Breeding male has gold yellow below red-black stripe. Currently, only know from upper Dan River in the Roanoke basin

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