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Longnose Dace (Male)-Upper Ohio River Drainage, Ohio This is an example of a spawning male Longnose Dace, from a small high gradient tributary directly feeding the Ohio River, in Eastern Ohio. This population gets much more color than individuals in the Lake Erie drainage(which are now mostly limited to the Chagrin River drainage, likely directly tied to the round goby invasion of Lake Erie).  Geotagged,Longnose dace,Rhinichthys cataractae,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Longnose Dace (Male)-Upper Ohio River Drainage, Ohio

This is an example of a spawning male Longnose Dace, from a small high gradient tributary directly feeding the Ohio River, in Eastern Ohio. This population gets much more color than individuals in the Lake Erie drainage(which are now mostly limited to the Chagrin River drainage, likely directly tied to the round goby invasion of Lake Erie).

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  1. Not just an incredible species, again photographic perfection. I'm watching it full screen on a giant monitor and it's just flawless, not just in sharpness and focus, in everything. You work at an incredible level, Zach!

    You should one day bundle your shot into a giant plate, would be awesome!
    Posted 6 months ago
    1. Thank you so much! I really enjoy your appreciation for these photos. I'm definitely planning on making posters and plates with these images once I have photographed enough individuals to work with! Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
  2. I agree completely with Ferdy! This is a beautiful fish and a gorgeous shot, as are all of your photos. I've never seen fish photographed like this and it is opening up a whole new world to me that I never knew before. Concerning this image specifically, the detail is so cool - I like the little nubby things seen so clearly on its head. And, it's derpy facial expression is adorable. Posted 6 months ago
    1. They are adorable! After getting a few in hand I had to bring back a couple that seemed spawned out for my aquarium. So glad you're enjoying these photos as well, your words are great motivation! The spines on the head are tubercles specifically, and the males grow them annually during spawning season (that's when this particular population also aquires that fiery red color). If I can find a picture of one ill post it in the comments, but my friend and Ohios non game fish biologist of sorts told me about this particular population, and he has some awesome photos of them achieving their maximum color potential. They are beauties. Posted 6 months ago
      1. Neat! Posted 6 months ago

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The longnose dace is a freshwater minnow native to North America. ''Rhinicthys'' means snout fish and ''cataractae'' means of the cataract . Longnose dace are small, typically less than 100 mm and characterized by their fleshy snout that protrudes past the mouth. They are well adapted for living on the bottom of fast-flowing streams among stones. Longnose dace eat algae and aquatic insects and are important forage minnows for larger predatory fish.

Similar species: Carps, Minnows And Loaches
Species identified by Zach Alley
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By Zach Alley

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Uploaded May 20, 2019. Captured Apr 30, 2019 09:11 in 5733 Co Rd 43, Steubenville, OH 43952, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T5
  • f/9.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm