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  Gambusia affinis
  Family Name : Poeciliidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Fish)

  Common Names : Mosquitofish

  • Description
    • Size :
      7 cm
      Description :
      Short and slim body with flattened head and upward-turned mouth. Typically greyish-brown with a faint bluish-purple sheen on the abdomen area. Males are typically smaller than females, with anal fin rays modified into a gonopodium. Caudal fin is rounded and transparent. 
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      Consumes small invertebrates, including mosquito larvae and can give birth to live young. Highly adaptable and can tolerate a wide range of conditions. Prefers shallow water with dense vegetation.
      Habitats :
      Freshwater, Urban
      Distribution :
      In Singapore, it is found in drains, canals, rural and open streams. Native to South-central United States. and an introduced species in many countries to control mosquito populations.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Exotic / Introduced
      IUCN Red List :
      Least Concern
  • References
    • Ho, J.K.I., Ramchunder, S.J., Theng, M., Memory, A., Li, T., Clews, E., Cai, Y.X., Tan, H.H and Yeo, D.C.J.. 2016. A Guide to the Freshwater Faun of Nee Soon Swamp Forest. Singapore: Lee kong Chian Natural History Museum & Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore. 139pp 

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