Gambusia punctata  Poey, 1854

Cuban gambusia
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes (Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) > Poeciliinae
Etymology: Gambusia: Gambusia: From the Cuban term, Gambusino, which means "nothing", usually in the context of a joke or a farce. Fishing for gambusinos = when one catches nothing (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Poey.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 7.2 - 8.2; dH range: 10 - ?; non-migratory.   Tropical; 24°C - 28°C (Ref. 13614)

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13498); 7.0 cm SL (female)

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Central America: Cuba. Reported to reach southern Florida from Cuba by crossing the Gulf Stream (Ref. 27148).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits freshwater ponds, lakes and streams. Prefers stagnant or slow-flowing streams, although may occur in mountain streams at elevation up to 600 m. Usually found in schools close to the shore. Carnivorous surface feeder.

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Lee, D.S., S.P. Platania and G.H. Burgess, 1983. Atlas of North American freshwater fishes, 1983 supplement. Occasional Papers of the North Carolina Biological Survey no. 1983-6. North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, N.C. 67 p. (Ref. 13498)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00832 (0.00347 - 0.01996), b=3.19 (2.99 - 3.39), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.