Dace - Leuciscus leuciscus


A small, slim-bodied fish (usually less than 8 ounces in weight), with small head and mouth. Silver flanks, white under body, dark back. Fins grey, occasionally dirty yellow. 

Identification difficulty

Freshwater rivers and streams.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

Lifespan 6 to 12 years.  This species tends to shoal in large numbers.

UK Status

Widespread in most of England except the far south west, but less common in Scotland and western Wales.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map