LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal officials say a Valentine’s Day fish count found the number of endangered Moapa (moh-AH-pah) dace continues to increase in restored stream habitat in the shallow headwaters of the Muddy River in southern Nevada.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal ( ) the population of the federally protected species grew by 14 percent over the past year, from 574 to 654.

But the finger-length fish with a black spot on its tail still has a long way to go before its population reaches 6,000 adult fish and it’s considered safe from extinction.

The dace has been under federal protection for more than four decades.

The fish live only in the 117-acre Moapa National Wildlife Refuge about 60 miles north of Las Vegas.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,


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