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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.

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

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.


  1. ^ NatureServe (2014). "Moapa coriacea". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2014: e.T13602A19035118. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-3.RLTS.T13602A19035118.en. Downloaded on 23 December 2017.