Rhinichthys falcatus

Identification Tips:

• Barbels at the corners of the jaw,
• Dorsal fin: usually 9 or 10 rays,
• Dark irregular spots covering the back and sides.

Conservation Status:

British ColumbiaCanadaNatureserve
COSEWICSpecies at Risk Act
Not at Risk (Yellow List)Not at RiskNoneG4, S4

Information Source: BC Conservation Data Centre: http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/eswp/

Life History:

• Adults feed on invertebrates, primarily insects
• Juveniles feed on fly larvae and zooplankton
• Spawns in July and August
• Lives for up to 5 years
• Maximum size is approximately 10 cm in length


• In the Fraser Valley limited to the main stem Fraser River and its largest tributaries.
• Found in rocky pools and riffle areas, generally in slower currents than Longnose Dace


British Columbia
• Fraser Valley, Thompson River basin, Fraser River and tributaries upstream of Williams Lake, Okanagan River system, Columbia River near Castlegar and Trail

• Limited to Fraser and Columbia River basins

Primary Information Source:
McPhail, J.D. 2007. The Freshwater Fishes of British Columbia. University of Alberta Press. Edmonton, Alberta.