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Cyprinodon desquamator  Martin & Wainwright, 2013

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes (Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Cyprinodontidae (Pupfishes) > Cyprinodontinae
Etymology: Cyprinodon: Latin, cyprinus = carp + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335);  desquamator: Name from the Latin verb squamare, for one who removes scales from fishes. A noun in apposition.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Central America: restricted to six hypersaline lakes on San Salvador Island, Bahamas: Crescent Pond, Osprey Lake, Oyster Lake, Little Lake, Mermaid Pond and Great Lake.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94405)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal soft rays: 10 - 12. Distinguished by having large supra-terminal jaws, elongated body and solid black coloration throughout the entire body and median fins in adult males (Ref. 94405).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits six hypersaline lakes (Crescent Pond, Osprey Lake, Oyster Lake, Little Lake, Mermaid Pond and Great Lake). Sympatric with Cyprinodon variegatus in all six lakes and with C. brontotheroides in four of the six lakes (except Great Lake and Mermaid Pond). These lakes are shallow, rarely exceeding 3 m depth, and densities of Cyprinodon are greatest in mats of macroalgae (Batophora, Acetabularia and Cladophora) and wigeongrass (Ruppia maritima) along the littoral margins of each lake. Feeds on scales of other fishes. Spawning occurs in spring and summer seasons, but it seems to be more common in the summer. Breeding territories are guarded by males (Ref. 94405).

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Martin, C.H. and P.C. Wainright, 2013. A remarkable species flock of Cyprinodon pupfishes endemic to San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 54(2):231-240. (Ref. 94405)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

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=0.01047 (0.00473 - 0.02317), b=3.23 (3.05 - 3.41), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±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) .