Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cypriniformes
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(Minnows) > Plagopterinae
Etymology: Lepidomeda: Greek, lepis, -idos = scale + Greek, meda = feminine genitals. More on authors: Miller & Hubbs.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Temperate; 39°N - 37°N
North America: Virgin River system in Utah, Nevada and Arizona, USA. Two subspecies were recognized: Lepidomeda mollispinis mollispinis and Lepidomeda mollispinis pratensis
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86798); common length : 7.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193); max. reported age: 3.00 years (Ref. 12193)
soft rays: 9. Lepidomeda molispinis can be distinguished by the following characters: scales on lateral line 77-91; anal fin with 9 rays; pharyngeal teeth 2,5-4,2; rounded snout; large terminal mouth; large males with red-orange at paired and anal fin bases, upper edge of gill cover, sometimes on belly; and opercle with black specks confined to upper half (Ref. 86798).
Inhabits gravel and sand-bottomed flowing pools and runs of fast and usually clear creeks and small rivers (Ref. 86798).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 2011. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 663p. (Ref. 86798)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00603 (0.00250 - 0.01453), b=3.05 (2.84 - 3.26), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tmax=3).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .