Gambusia

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2023-07-18 Snargl 2 minutes 30 seconds

What kind of animal is Gambusia?

White fish with long fins swimming in a pond next to a green leafy plant in the dark
Green fish with white fins swimming in a green water tank with a light green background
Small blue fish is on top of a fence post in front of a cityscape at sunset, Beeple, city background

Example of the color palette for the image of Gambusia

Picture with primary colors of Smoky black, Copper, Urobilin, Laurel green and Coffee
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
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RAL Classic
RAL 9005
RAL 8001
RAL 1033
RAL 7032
RAL 8024
RAL Design
RAL 170 20 20
RAL 060 50 50
RAL 110 70 10
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What is the animal Gambusia known for?

Gambusia is a genus of fish in the family Poeciliidae, which are also known as topminnows or mosquitofish.

Gambusia contains over 40 species, most of which are found in freshwater habitats, but some can also live in brackish or saltwater.

Gambusia are known for being viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young instead of laying eggs.

Gambusia are also known for their ability to eat mosquito larvae, which makes them a potential biological control agent for reducing mosquito populations and preventing diseases like malaria and dengue.

However, Gambusia have also been introduced widely outside their native range, where they often become invasive and threaten local species.

Some Gambusia species are also endangered or extinct due to habitat loss, pollution, and competition.

Gambusia are small fish, with females reaching a maximum length of 7 cm and males a maximum length of 4 cm.

They have a variable coloration, ranging from silver to brown to black, sometimes with spots or stripes.

They have a slender body, a rounded tail, and a prominent dorsal fin.

The males have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium, which they use to transfer sperm to the females.

Gambusia are omnivorous, feeding on zooplankton, insects, algae, and other invertebrates.

They are active during the day and prefer shallow, warm, and vegetated waters.

They are social and form schools or shoals.

They are also aggressive and territorial, especially the males, which often fight with each other or chase away other fish.

Gambusia have a short and prolific life cycle.

They can reproduce several times a year, with each female producing up to 60 young per litter.

The gestation period ranges from 16 to 28 days, depending on the temperature and food availability.

The young are born fully developed and can swim and feed immediately.

They reach sexual maturity within a few weeks or months, depending on the species and the season.

Gambusia are an interesting and diverse group of fish, but they also pose challenges for conservation and management.

They have both positive and negative impacts on the ecosystems they inhabit, and they require careful monitoring and regulation to prevent further harm to native biodiversity.

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Where does the Gambusia live?

Fish swimming in a large aquarium filled with water and plants
Fish swimming in a large aquarium with rocks and grass in the background
Close up of a fish with a green background
Fish that is swimming in a tank of water with a green background

Gambusia is a genus of freshwater fish that belongs to the family Poeciliidae.
They are also known as mosquitofish because they feed on mosquito larvae and have been used for biological control of mosquitoes in many parts of the world.

Gambusia are native to North, Central and South America, and can be found in various habitats, such as streams, ponds, lakes, marshes, swamps and estuaries.
Some species can also tolerate brackish or salt water.

This fish have been introduced to many other regions, such as Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, either intentionally or accidentally.
Some of these introductions have had negative impacts on the native biodiversity and ecosystems, as Gambusia can outcompete, prey on or hybridize with other fish and invertebrates.

Gambusia are small fish, with females reaching a maximum length of 7 cm and males a maximum length of 4 cm.
They have a rounded body shape, a terminal mouth and a dorsal fin that is set far back on the body.
The males have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium, which they use to internally fertilize the females.
The females give birth to live young, which are independent from birth.

Gambusia are omnivorous, feeding on zooplankton, insects, worms, algae and plant matter.
They are active during the day and can form large schools.
They are preyed upon by birds, turtles, snakes and larger fish.

Example of the color palette for the image of Gambusia

Picture with primary colors of Feldgrau, Chamoisee, Jasmine, Pale mauve and Tiger eye
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 6010-G10Y
RAL Classic
RAL 7043
RAL 1036
RAL 1014
RAL 7032
RAL 2011
RAL Design
RAL 000 35 00
RAL 050 50 30
RAL 095 90 50
RAL 040 70 10
RAL 050 60 60
RAL Effect
RAL 850-6
RAL 330-1
RAL 270-1
RAL 340-1
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What does the Gambusia look like?

Fish swimming in an aquarium with a green coral in the background
Fish that is swimming in some water with plants in the background
Fish that is on a plant with leaves in the background
Yellow fish with a black eye is on a branch in the water and a blurry background
Fish that is on a table next to a plant with leaves in the background

Gambusia is a genus of small, viviparous fish in the family Poeciliidae.

They are often called topminnows or mosquitofish.

They have a slender, elongated body, a rounded tail, and a small, upturned mouth.

The coloration varies depending on the species, but most are gray, brown, or olive, with dark spots or stripes.

Some species have bright fins or scales.

The males are usually smaller than the females and have a modified anal fin called a gonopodium, which is used for internal fertilization.

Example of the color palette for the image of Gambusia

Picture with primary colors of Rust, Brass, Dark cerulean, Gold and Cornsilk
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 2050-G90Y
NCS S 4050-R90B
NCS S 0510-G80Y
RAL Classic
RAL 2001
RAL 1024
RAL 5010
RAL 1003
RAL 9010
RAL Design
RAL 075 60 50
RAL 085 80 85
RAL 010 90 10
RAL Effect
RAL 440-6
RAL 130-4
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