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Poecilia latipinna  (Lesueur, 1821)

Sailfin molly
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Common names: Sailfin mollie, Sailfin molly
Occurrence: introduced
Salinity: freshwater
Abundance: common (usually seen) | Ref:
Importance: of no interest | Ref:
Aquaculture: | Ref:
Regulations: | Ref:
Uses: no uses
Comments: The spread of this species could have an adverse effect on endemic fishes (Ref. 12257). Known from Queensland (Ref. 48666). Also Ref. 1739.
National Checklist:
Country Information: httpss://www.cia.gov/library/publications/resources/the-world-factbook/geos/as.html
National Fisheries Authority: https://www.csiro.au/
Occurrences: Occurrences Point map
Main Ref: Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen, 2002
National Database:

Classification / Names

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes (Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) > Poeciliinae
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL

Main reference

Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5723); 10.0 cm TL (female); common length : 3.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 12193)

Environment

Marine; freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; non-migratory; depth range 0 - ? m (Ref. 55263)

Climate / Range

Subtropical; 20°C - 28°C (Ref. 2060), preferred ?; 40°N - 16°N, 103°W - 76°W (Ref. 55263)

Distribution

North America: Cape Fear drainage in North Carolina, USA to Veracruz, Mexico. Introduced to many countries. Several countries report adverse ecological impact after introduction. Gulf of Mexico (Ref. 26938).
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Short description

The large sail-like dorsal fin of the male is the most distinctive characteristic of this fish; coloration can vary from green, gray to jet black; speckled forms also common (Ref. 44091).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in still or gently flowing warm water of small creeks and drains (Ref. 44894). Occurs in ponds, lakes, sloughs, and quiet, often vegetated, backwaters and pools of streams (Ref. 5723) and also in coastal waters (Ref. 7251). Abundant in tidal ditches and brackish canals. Feeds mainly on algae (Refs. 7251; 44091), also consumes animal material: rotifers, small crustaceans (such as copepods and ostracods) and aquatic insects (Ref. 79012).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Potential pest



Human uses

Aquarium: highly commercial

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Internet sources

Alien/Invasive Species database | BHL | Check for other websites | Check FishWatcher | CISTI | DiscoverLife | ECOTOX | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank(genome, nucleotide) | GOBASE | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | IGFA World Record | iSpecies | Public aquariums | PubMed | Scirus | Sea Around Us | SeaLifeBase | Tree of Life | uBio | uBio RSS | Wikipedia(Go, Search) | World Records Freshwater Fishing | Zoological Record | Fishtrace

Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805)
PD50 = 0.5000 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)

Trophic Level (Ref. 69278)
2.0   ±0.00 se; Based on food items.

Resilience (Ref. 69278)
High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1; mutiple spawning per year; Fec=10--300)

Vulnerability (Ref. 59153)
Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown