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Family: Poeciliidae - Livebearers

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
western mosquitofish Gambusia affinis western mosquitofish   I   I   stream/creek/littoral, 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 Profile

Gambusia affinis - western mosquitofish

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.Scientific Profile - USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database

GLANSIS

Distributed from Illinois south to Atlantic and Gulf states to Mexico. Introduced in southern Great Lakes drainage. Inhabits surface habitats in quiet waters; sensitive to cold winters. Eats small insects at the surface. Lengths to 3 cm (males) and 5 cm (females). Females give birth to swimming young.

western mosquitofish drawing

Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.US Fish and Wildlife Service

1 of 4 western mosquitofish photos in the UM collection

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

Additional Images:
Globe icon indicates link to a non-NOAA site.USGS Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database

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