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16 November 2020 Are Road Crossings Fragmenting Populations of Clinch Dace?
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Chrosomus sp. cf. saylori (Clinch Dace) is a newly recognized species of minnow with a restricted distribution in southwestern Virginia. We analyzed genetic variation and abundance at paired sites above and below road crossings. Road crossings did not have a strong effect on presence, abundance, or genetic differentiation of Clinch Dace. Of all sites where Clinch Dace were found, only 1 perched culvert presented a barrier to upstream migration; however, no genetic differentiation was found between collections above and below that or any other culvert. Distribution and abundance of Clinch Dace populations were not influenced by habitat variables measured at the site level. Low abundance in small headwaters, nest association, and high mobility appear to be characteristics of this species of Chrosomus.

Rebecca M. Bourquin, Donald J. Orth, Eric M. Hallerman, and Dean F. Stauffer "Are Road Crossings Fragmenting Populations of Clinch Dace?," Northeastern Naturalist 27(4), 709-722, (16 November 2020). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.027.0411
Published: 16 November 2020
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