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Fishes of North Dakota

Stickleback Family

Stickleback Family

Sticklebacks are hardy little fish with very noticeable spines on the dorsal area of the back.

Brook Stickleback

Rarely exceeding three inches in length, it survives in shallow streams where few fishes can live. The five prominent spines protruding from its back make it easy to recognize. They may be mixed in with bait minnows so you may first become acquainted with the stickleback in your minnow bucket.
JPG -- Picture of a Brook Stickleback.

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