Dace ©Jack Perks


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Enw gwyddonol: Leuciscus leuciscus
The silvery dace can be seen gathering in large shoals in lowland rivers and streams. It is a member of the carp family and looks very similar to the chub, but is smaller.

Top facts


Length: 15-25cm
Weight: up to 1.3kg
Average Lifespan: 8-16 years

Conservation status


Pryd i'w gweld

January to December


A small to medium-sized, lively fish, the dace is a member of the carp family. Found in rivers and streams, it often gathers in large shoals in shady areas. It is omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates, fish eggs, plants and seeds. Spawning takes place in April when the females move upstream to join the males in shallow water; they produce up to 9,500 eggs.

What to look for

The dace is a slender fish, with a silvery body and brownish fins. It is more slender than the roach and smaller than the chub, with duller fins.

Where to find

Widespread in lowland England, but rarer in Wales and Scotland.

Roeddech chi yn gwybod?

While typically a freshwater fish, the dace also enters brackish water.