Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae
(Poeciliids) > Poeciliinae
Etymology: Poecilia: Greek, poikilos = with a lot of colours (Ref. 45335); obscura: The name of the new species is derived from the latin word obscurus (hidden) because of its status as a cryptic species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 11°N - 10°N
Western Trinidad, Oropuche River (Ref. 82825).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 82825)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Poecilia obscura is a small poeciliid species from the subgenus Acanthophacelus (SL in males usually not exceeding 20 mm and in females 30 mm), which is distinguished
from all other species of the subgenus by the following characters: comb-like spines of gonopodium ray 3 not numerous (11 to 15), basal massive, vs. numerous (14 to 18), basal slender in P. reticulata and P. wingei. Being genetically divergent from the other species of the subgenus, the definition of the new species is mainly based on evidence from DNA sequence (Ref. 82825).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Schories, S., M.K. Meyer and M. Schartl, 2009. Description of Poecilia (Acanthophacelus) obscura n. sp., (Teleostei: Poeciliidae), a new guppy species from eastern Trinidad, with remarks on P. wingei and the status of the (Endler’s guppy). Zootaxa 2266:35-50. (Ref. 82825)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00420 - 0.02171), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .