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Status of the desert pupfish

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Published by U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C .
Written in English


  • Cyprinodon,
  • Desert pupfish,
  • Habitat,
  • Endangered species,
  • Wildlife conservation,
  • Fish populations

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Edition Notes

Other titlesProgress report on the status of the desert pupfish
StatementUnited States Department of the Interior
ContributionsUnited States. Department of the Interior
The Physical Object
Pagination13 pages :
Number of Pages13
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL26454865M

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McGraw-Hill Book Co., Inc., New York, New York. DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY, AUBURN UNIVERSITY AT MONTGOMERY, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA Accepted 26 Aug. Copeia, (2), pp. Conservation Status of Desert Pupfish, Cyprinodon macularius, in Mexico and Arizona DEAN A. HENDRICKSON AND ALEJANDRO VARELA ROMERO We sampled for fishes at . The desert pupfish, Cyprinodon macularius, and its allies were formerly common in sloughs and backwaters of the Gila River in Arizona, and the lower Colorado River in the United States and Mexico. They also were common in shoreline pools and irrigation drains of the Salton Sea in California. In spite of their remarkable tolerance for environmental extremes and high reproductive rate, details Cited by: Status of the desert pupfish / By Craig Phillips and United States. Department of the Interior. Cite. Desert pupfish, Endangered species, Fish populations. Condition status of the endangered desert pupfish, Cyprinodon macularius Baird and Girard, , in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Mexico) Cyprinodon macularius Baird and Girard, , in the Lower Colorado River Basin (Mexico).

In this same basin, but in spring and wetland habitats, the abundance of the desert pupfish C. macularius Baird and Girard has dramatically decreased (Follett, ; Hendrickson and Varela. Mosher , Service files). Approximately 47 captive or refuge Desert Pupfish populations (that do not qualify as Tier 3 under the Recovery Plan) exist, comprised of 34 in Arizona, 8 in California, and 5 in Sonora, Mexico. The range-wide status of Desert Pupfish is poor but stable. The desert pupfish is no exception. Dwelling in pools, marshes, streams, and springs of southern Arizona and California, the desert pupfish has an extraordinary ability to survive, enduring water temperatures that can exceed degrees and tolerating water more than twice as salty as the ocean.   The Park Service argued that the special status of Devils Hole pupfish under the Endangered Species Act and its habitat’s status as a national monument trumped the .

Considered a fish of desert oases, this species of pupfish is found in springs, marshes, lakes, and creek pools. It prefers sandy substrates. Life History. Pupfish are omnivorous, feeding on aquatic invertebrates and plants. Breeding occurs mainly in the spring and the summer. Status/Date Listed as Endangered: EN-US FWS: Ma Area(s) Where Listed As Endangered: Arizona, California, Mexico Facts Summary: The Desert Pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius) is a species of concern belonging in the species group "fishes" and found in the following area(s): Arizona, California, Mexico. Creature Profile. Status. Habitat destruction and alteration, combined with the introduction of non-native species are the primary reasons for the decline of desert pupfish populations. Currently, natural populations of desert pupfish occur in the Salton Sea and nearby shoreline pools, freshwater ponds and irrigation drains, as well as in portions of creeks. Desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius): The desert pupfish was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Ma It is also listed as endangered by the State of Arizona. Desert pupfish are found in shallow water of desert springs, small .