Common name: unidentified Poeciliopsis
Synonyms and Other Names: livebearer, topminnow.
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Identification: Rauchenberger (1989b) listed 20 extant species in the genus Poeciliopsis. Rosen and Bailey (1963) provided diagnostic characters of the genus and a limited amount of information on the species known at that time. Distinguishing characteristics for species previously found in the United States were given by Page and Burr (1991). Photographs of several species appeared in Dawes (1991) and Wischnath (1993).
Size: 5.1-6 cm.
Native Range: Members of the genus Poeciliopsis occur in Pacific drainages from the southwestern United States to Colombia and in some Atlantic streams of southeastern Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras (Rosen and Bailey 1963). Only one species, P. occidentalis, is native to the United States where it occurs in the Gila River system, New Mexico and Arizona, and in western Mexico; now extirpated in New Mexico (Page and Burr 1991).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Interactive maps: Point Distribution Maps
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Poeciliopsis sp. are found here.
Table last updated 9/24/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Unknown. Possible aquarium release.
Status: Preumably failed in Connecticut.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Dawes, J.A. 1991. Livebearing fishes. A guide to their aquarium care, biology and classification. Blandforn, London, England.
Page, L. M., and B. M. Burr. 1991. A field guide to freshwater fishes of North America north of Mexico. The Peterson Field Guide Series, volume 42. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA.
Whitworth, W. R. 1996. Freshwater Fishes of Connecticut. State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, Bulletin 114.
Revision Date: 5/9/2019
Peer Review Date: 8/29/2001
Nico, L., 2023, Poeciliopsis sp. Regan, 1913: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=867, Revision Date: 5/9/2019, Peer Review Date: 8/29/2001, Access Date: 9/24/2023
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