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NORTHERN REDBELLY DACE

Northern Redbelly Dace - Female

Northern Redbelly Dace - Male

Characteristics

  • State Threatened
  • Small, olive dark brown fish with two black lateral bands on sides
  • Mouth upturned with rounded snout
  • Breeding males have brilliant red bellies and yellow fins
  • Diet: Algae, zooplankton and immature aquatic insects
  • Habitat: Prefer quiet spring-fed areas of streams, bogs and beaver ponds with aquatic vegetation
  • Distribution: Southern and Eastern South Dakota, within tributaries to the Missouri, Minnesota, Big Sioux, White, Niobrara and Keya Paha River drainages
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