NAS - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species

Specimen Information

Gambusia affinis
(Western Mosquitofish)
Fishes
Native Transplant

Specimen ID39242
GroupFishes
GenusGambusia
Speciesaffinis
Common NameWestern Mosquitofish
StateNV
Localityupper Amargosa drainage
HUC8 NameUpper Amargosa
HUC8 Number18090202
Map
Collection Year1980
Year AccuracyPublication Year
Pathwaystocked for biocontrol
Statusestablished
Reference 1
Ref. Number:275
Author:Lee, D.S., C.R. Gilbert, C.H. Hocutt, R.E. Jenkins, D.E. McAllister, and J.R. Stauffer, Jr.
Date:1980
Title:Atlas of North American Freshwater Fishes.
Publisher:North Carolina State Museum of Natural History
Issue:12
Pages:854 pp
Reference 2
Ref. Number:281
Author:Miller, R.R., and J.R. Alcorn.
Date:1946
Title:The introduced fishes of Nevada, with a history of their introduction.
Journal:Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
Volume:73
Pages:173-193
Reference 3
Ref. Number:128
Author:Rees, D.M.
Date:1934
Title:Notes on mosquito fish in Utah, Gambusia affinis (Baird and Girard).
Journal:Copeia
Volume:1945
Issue:4
Pages:236
CommentsStocking this aggressive fish in the SW has extirpated many localized native species.Miller and Alcorn 1946 provide evidence that original introductions in Nevada were Gambusia affinis, the western mosquitofish (stock source: Southern California, which originally came from Mississippi (Rees 1934))
Record TypeLiterature
Fresh Marine IntroFreshwater


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