Speckled Dace are common native minnows to the rivers and creeks of the Navajo Nation. They have adapted to living in many types of aquatic habitats, and are likely the most common native fish here. Speckled Dace grow to 2-3 inches in length as adults. This Dace is a benthic feeder, which means that it feeds on the stream bottom. It feeds mostly on insect larvae and other invertebrates, algae and fish eggs.
Fish are called "Lóó" in the Navajo language. Traditional Navajo People belief that fish are closely related to reptiles and they should not be eaten. It is said that expectant parents should not fish or eat fish.