Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Cyprinodontiformes > Poeciliidae > Gambusia > Gambusia holbrooki

Gambusia holbrooki (Bore-drain fish; Eastern gambusia; Eastern mosquito fish; Eastern mosquitofish; Gambies; Gambusia; Mosquitofish; Plague minnow; Starling's perch; Top minnow)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) is a species of freshwater fish, closely related to the western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis. It is a member of the family Poeciliidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. The eastern mosquitofish is native to the eastern and southern United States from Florida to Delaware and inland to Alabama and Tennessee, while the western mosquitofish has a larger distribution throughout the United States.
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Adult Length [1]  3.15 inches (8 cm)
Migration [2]  Potamodromous
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates)


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2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Study of Northern Virginia Ecology
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6"Diet of the Red Swamp Crayfish Procambarus clarkii in Natural Ecosystems of the Doñana National Park Temporary Fresh-Water Marsh (Spain)", P. J. Gutiérrez-Yurrita, G. Sancho, M. Á. Bravo, Á. Baltanás and C. Montes, Journal of Crustacean Biology Vol. 18, No. 1 (Feb., 1998), pp. 120-127
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8Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2019). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2020-03-21; License: CC BY 4.0