Category Archives: Species Profiles

Species Profiles of a Range of Livebearer Species. Please click on the name to view the profile.

Gambusia marshi (Minckley & Craddock, 1962)

Etymology:Gambusia: derived from the Cuban term Gambusino, which means “nothing”marshi: named in honour of E. G. Marsh, Jr, First description:Minckley, W.L. 1962: Two new species of fishes of the genus Gambusia (Poeciliidae) from northeastern Mexico. Copeia 1962 Common name:Robust gambusia History:Collected by Minckley, Craddock, Donald R. … Continue reading

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The Northern Platies

Xiphophorus evelynae Xiphophorus variatus Xiphophorus xiphidium Xiphophorus couchianus Xiphophorus gordoni Xiphophorus meyeri

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The Northern swordtails

The northern swordtails live in and around the Panuco river basin and are separated from the southern swordtails by a geographical dividing line known as the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt. The northern swordtail group is made up of three clades and … Continue reading

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Xiphophorus nezahualcoyotl (Rauchenberger, Kallman & Morizot 1990)

Etymology: Xiphophorus: Greek, xiphos = sword + Greek, pherein = to carry Nezahualcoyotl: Named after the poet-philosopher emperor of Tezcoco (Texcoco), considered to be coequal with Montezuma, monarch of the Aztecs in the Aztec Triple Alliance First description: Rauchenberger, Kallman & … Continue reading

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Phallichthys tico

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Phallichthys quadripunctatus

Phallichthys quadripunctatus (W.A.Bussing, 1979) Meaning of Name: Phallichthys meaning phallus or gonopodium – quadripunctatus in reference to the four distinct spots on the body. First Description: Phallichthys quadripunctatus W. A. Bussing, 1979 Bussing, W.A., 1979: A new fish of the … Continue reading

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Phallichthys amates pitteri

Phallichthys amates pitteri (Meek 1912) Common Name:  Orange fin merry widow Size: Male : 4.5cm. Female: 8cm Etymology: Phallichthys meaning phallus or gonopodium – pitteri . Unknown First Description: Meek 1912 Reference Bussing, W.A., 1998. Peces de las aguas continentales de … Continue reading

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Phallichthys amates amates

Meaning of Name: Phallichthys meaning phallus or gonopodium – amates possibly because of the type locality. Phallichthys meaning phallus or gonopodium – amates possibly because of the type locality. First Description: Miller 1907 Reference Bussing, W.A., 1998. Peces de las … Continue reading

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Phallichthys fairweatheri

Phallichthys fairweatheri (Rosen and Bailey 1959) Meaning of Name: Phallichthys meaning phallus or gonopodium – fairweatheri after Dr Gerald Fairweather.   First Description: Rosen & Bailey in 1959 Type Locality: Rio san Pedro de Martir, or a branch, about about … Continue reading

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