Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Teleostei (teleosts) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae
(Poeciliids) > Poeciliinae
Etymology: Poecilia: Greek, poikilos = with a lot of colours (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Regan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.5 - 8.2; dH range: 20 - 40; non-migratory. Tropical; 26°C - 28°C (Ref. 2060)
Central and South America: Trinidad to the Amazon River delta.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 1.7  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26130); 5.0 cm TL (female)
Inhabits mildly brackish water in canals and drainage ditches at the edges of swamps, but does venture far inland (Ref. 11225).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Embryos can make up 25% of the weight of the mother; 11 -25 offspring are produced (Ref. 35237).
Lucinda, P.H.F., 2003. Poeciliidae (Livebearers). p. 555-581. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J. Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes of South and Central America. Porto Alegre: EDIPUCRS, Brazil. (Ref. 50894)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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