Moapa dace

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Moapa dace
Moapa coriacea.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Moapa
C. L. Hubbs and R. R. Miller, 1948
Species: M. coriacea
Binomial name
Moapa coriacea
C. L. Hubbs and R. R. Miller, 1948

The moapa dace (Moapa coriacea) is a rare cyprinid fish of southern Nevada, United States, found only in the warm springs that give rise to the Muddy River, and in the upper parts of the river. It is the only species of the monotypic genus Moapa.

A small fish, with a maximum recorded length of 9 cm, its scales are small and embedded in the skin, resulting in a noticeably leathery texture (thus the species epithet, derived from Latin coriaceus "leathery"). General body shape is standard for cyprinids, with a vaguely conical head.

Moapa daces require warm water, in temperature range of 87 to 93°F.

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