In April’s final days, a crowd of fish brushed clean some gravel.

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The most colorful, looking 4-7 inches long,

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dimpled shallow water 

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vying for spots to spawn.

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Recognize any of these fish?

I’d be happy for help identifying them!

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Here detained for our casual survey, blacknose dace (Rhinichthys atratulus) are common denizens of Little Crum Creek.

Just an inch long, these minnows could triple in size when returned to their shallow flows.

101_3283edcropA101_3295edcropA101_3286edcropCBut heavy rains often raise the creek to several feet of rushing water.

And I wonder how the tiny swimmers manage to weather periodic torrents sweeping through their usual riffles.

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