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Killifishes

  

Family: Cyprinodontidae - Killifishes

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Distribution and Habitat

N=Native, I=Introduced (exotic), X=Extinct, P=Extirpated

Image/Link Scientific Name Common Name Lake Superior Lake Michigan

Lake Huron

Lake Erie Lake Ontario Habitat
banded killifish Fundulus diaphanus banded killifish         N stream/creek/littoral
starhead topminnow Fundulus dispar starhead topminnow   N       river, tributaries only
blackstripe topminnow Fundulus notatus blackstripe topminnow   N   N   stream/creek, tributaries only

Table modified from "The Life of the Lakes: A Guide to the Great Lakes Fishery" MI Sea Grant Extension, Michigan State University.

Species Profiles

Fundulus diaphanus - banded killifish

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Fishes of Minnesota
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Profile - Inland Fishes of New York
Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteScientific Profile - Fishes of Wisconsin
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Adult banded killifish eat a variety of items including small crustaceans (ostracods, copepods, and amphipods), aquatic insects (midge larvae, caddisfly larvae, and dragonfly nymphs), mayfly nymphs, flying insects, and plant seeds. They eat from all parts of the water column, including the surface. The diet of young banded killifish is limited to fewer items, such as ostracods, copepods, and midge larvae. Both young and adults tend to feed mostly actively in the afternoon. Length to 10 cm. Females grow larger than males.

banded killifish art

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banded killifish photo

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Fishes of Minnesota

Additional Photos:
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

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Fundulus dispar (Alt notti)- starhead topminnow

Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteScientific Profile - Fishes of Wisconsin
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

At surface of clear, weedy backwaters. Feed on small crustaceans, aquatic insects and algae. Length to 8 cm.

starhead topminnow photo

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Fundulus notatus - blackstripe topminnow

Bird icon indicates a link to a non-GLERL NOAA siteScientific Profile - Fishes of Wisconsin
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology

Feed on small invertebrates. Length to 7 cm.

 

1 of 3 blackstripe topminnow photos in the UM collection

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