Umatilla Dace
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Status

Threatened (Federal)

Description

The Umatilla Dace is a member of the Carp family that lives exclusively in the Columbia Basin. It has a mottled pattern with cream-coloured flanks. Small barbels located on the edges of its downward facing mouth identify this species. This fish lives in rivers or creeks with fast-flowing water.

Habitat

This species prefers river habitats with cobble and stone cover where the current is fast enough to prevent siltation. These fish are usually found along the river banks, at depths of less than 1m. The Umatilla Dace prefer productive low elevation waters where food may be more abundant than in the colder, unproductive water of higher elevations.

Threats

Dams
Silt introduced into waterways from disturbance (forestry, development, agriculture) or from reduced waterflow due to irrigation

You Can Help!

Conserve water
Prevent land disturbances from occurring near waterways
Stabilize riparian banks

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