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Spikedace Meda fulgida


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Family: Cyprinidae, Carps and Minnows view all from this family

Dimensions Up to 3" (7.5 cm).

Endangered Status The Spikedace is on the U.S. Endangered Species List. It is classified as threatened throughout its range in Arizona and New Mexico. The Spikedace was once widespread in the Gila River drainage and other river systems, but has been displaced in many areas by the introduced Red Shiner, which may outcompete the Spikedace for habitat and food. The modification and in some cases elimination of habitat by water management operations, as well as low water levels from drought, have also taken a toll on this species. It may be uplisted to endangered in the future.

Habitat Rivers & streams.

Range Southwest.