Virgin Spinedace

The virgin spinedace looks, feeds and behaves like a miniature trout. This silvery minnow gets its name from the sharp spiny rays in its dorsal fin. Virgin spinedace are found only in the Virgin River Basin. Unlike the woundfin and chub, which live only in the Virgin River, virgin spinedace are also found throughout many tributary streams. They prefer deep pools and runs and are at home in both clear and turbid water.