Independence Valley Speckled dace is a small subspecies measuring approximately 40 millimeters [1.6 inches] or less in total length. This subspecies can be distinguished from the Lahontan speckled dace by their less developed lateral line system on both the body and the head. They are further distinguished from the Clover Valley speckled dace by a more laterally compressed body, a deeper caudal peduncle, fewer pectoral fin rays, black pigmentation extending further downward on the tail, and a straighter and more oblique mouth.
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