Ecology of Poecilia reticulata
Main Ref. Arthington, A.H., 1989
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Poecilia reticulata may be found.
Remarks Occurs in warm springs and their effluents, weedy ditches and canals (Ref. 5723). Found in various habitats, ranging from highly turbid water in ponds, canals and ditches at low elevations to pristine mountain streams at high elevations (Ref. 11225). Has a wide salinity range but requires fairly warm temperatures (23-24 °C) and quiet vegetated water for survival (Ref. 7248, 79840). Feeds on zooplankton, small insects and detritus. Feeds mainly on insects (Ref. 6154).


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
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Associated with
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Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Arthington, A.H., 1989
Feeding habit
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Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.20 0.40 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 04.08.97
Modified by Musschoot, Tobias on 12.11.08
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