Cuban gambusia

Cuban gambusia
Cuban Gambusia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Poeciliidae
Genus: Gambusia
Species: G. punctata
Binomial name
Gambusia punctata
Poey, 1854

The Cuban gambusia (Gambusia punctata) is a species of freshwater fish. It is a member of the family Poeciliidae of order Cyprinodontiformes, and is the type species of its genus. It is native to Cuba, inhabiting primarily stagnant lakes or ponds and slow-moving streams. A carnivorous surface feeder, it occurs in shoals near the shoreline.

This species has the terminal, upward-facing mouth typical of surface feeders, and a protruding belly. It is of plain coloration with a dark lateral stripe. Males reach a maximum overall length of approximately 5.5 cm, with females reaching approximately 8.5 cm.


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