Rhinichthys falcatus (Eigenmann & Eigenmann, 1893)
Leopard dace
photo by McPhail, D.

Family:  Leuciscidae (Minnows), subfamily: Pogonichthyinae
Max. size:  12 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater
Distribution:  North America: Fraser and Columbia River drainages in British Columbia in Canada, Washington, Oregon and Idaho in USA.
Biology:  Inhabits flowing pools and gravel runs of creeks and small to medium rivers. Also occurs in rocky margins of lakes (Ref. 86798). Young-of-the-year feed mostly on dipterous larvae; yearlings feed on aquatic insect larvae (mostly Ephemeroptera and Diptera) during the months of June and July switching to terrestrial insects in September; adults more than 2 years also feed on aquatic insect larvae, (Ephemeroptera and Diptera), terrestrial insects, and earthworms (Lumbricus) displaced from the soil (Ref. 1998). Spawning occurs early July (Ref. 1998).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 March 2012 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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