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Old 06-05-2012, 08:32 PM
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I live in northern Alberta. Recently a creek behind my house has been overrun by minnows. It never has had fish before. I have heard they are rainbow brown hybrids but I have also heard they are suckers. What do you all think?Click the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.
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they are definitely not rainbow-brown hybrids, because such a thing does not exist. they don't look like suckers either. give me some time and i'll find an answer to what they really are
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I would say it is some type of dace. Hard to see the mouth, but look up longnose dace on google.
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I'm going with Eastern Blacknose Dace. I'd say I'm about 95% sure.
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I won't argue against Dace, a good way to know if you are looking at any member of the trout / salmon family is to look for the presence of the adipose fin, no adipose fin = no trout.
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I am thinking its a Pearl Dace - hard to tell for sure just like everyone else, but the black nose daces' lateral line extends through they eye and to the nose. It doesn't appear to happen in this case.
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Yeah, I'm revising my answer to go with pearl dace as well. Good work, ghocevar.
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This is a classic example of when it is good to stick with a generalization I have seen fish just like that pictured but failed to try identification of them. It was the fact that I didn't know the difference between the various sub species of dace that I just said 'Dace' Honestly I didn't know there was a Pearl Dace, so through the thread and the research of Greg and others I've learned something here

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