Picture of the Pecos Pupfish courtesy of the Texas Wild!
Scientific name: Cyprinodon pecosensis
Range: Texas and New Mexico
Location in the zoo: Mountains and Deserts area of the Brand New Texas Wild exhibit.
|Diet in the wild:
Omnivore- feeds mainly on aquatic invertebrates
Diet in the zoo: algae & mineral/rock fragments.
|Habitat: Salt Creek
in Texas and sinkholes in Bitter Lake and Bottomless Lakes State Park in
Picture of the Pecos Pupfish courtesy of Dr. Robert Rice of the Native Fish Conservancy website.
The Pecos pupfish
can usually be found and seems to thrive in saline bodies of water that
contain a limited number of other fish species. It occasionally lives in
fresher waters, but that is uncommon in such habitats. In the saline habitats,
populations can be very dense. Along the Pecos River, this pupfish
has most often been found in backwater areas and side pools that do not
have sunfish or other various other predators.
or behavioral adaptations:
pupfish is a very adaptable fish and can live in diverse conditions "from
water saltier than freshwater to seawater" with no problems whatsoever.
Picture of the Pecos Pupfish courtesy of Dr. Dean A. Hendrickson (Desert Fishes Council) University of Texas at Austin. Photographer Dr. A. A. Echelle.
from the Fort Worth Zoo....
The pupfish tank can be seen in the Mountains and Deserts section of the Texas Wild! exhibit.
The fish are being bred to maybe someday help to replenish areas of west Texas
Pecos Pupfish in the breeding program at the Fort Worth Zoo: Adults left, Pupfish Fry right.
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