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).
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.