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order Cyprinodontiformes (tooth-carps) - family Poeciliidae (Live-bearing Fish)

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Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia) Gambusia affinis

They look like guppies.  Mature females grow up to 2 1/2" long, mature males about 1 1/2" long.

This little fish eats aquatic larva of mosquitoes.  They have live births and are prolific breeders.  Without a predator (like bass) the water surface will be covered in them.  One year, we estimated 300,000 in a 2 acre pond.

Photos taken in Taylor County, June 2005, July 2006

(Native of Texas, introduced into our pond)


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