Laurel Dace (Chrosomus saylori)


Historically known from only eight streams on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, this federally endangered species has recently faced dramatic range reduction from poor agricultural practices. They are found in pools of headwater streams. Like other members of the redbelly dace group, male Laurel Daces develop bright breeding colors in the early spring with yellow fins and a red belly.

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  • Strange, R. M. and C. F. Skelton. 2005. Status, distribution, and conservation genetics of the laurel dace(Phoxinus saylori). Unpublished report to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Cookeville Field Office, September 28, 2005. 22 pp.
  • Skelton, C.E. 1997. Status survey of the laurel dace (Phoxinus sp.) on Walden Ridge and adjacent areas in East Tennessee. Final Report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Skelton, C. E. 1996. Status survey of Phoxinus species in the vicinity of Walden Ridge, Tennessee. Unpublished report to the Tennessee Valley Authority. 29 pp.

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