Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Goodeidae
(Splitfins) > Goodeinae
Etymology: francesae: Named for Frances H. Miller (Ref. 29410).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical; 21°C - 27°C (Ref. 12468); 21°N - 20°N
North America: Teuchitlan River, Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6398); 5.0 cm TL (female)
soft rays: 14 - 15;
Vertebrae: 30 - 35. Males with a less prominent notch in dorsal fin; no irregular black spots on sides of body; a gray cast superimposed on gold body and gray fins. Head wedged shaped; upturned lips; proportionately larger head and orbit. Tendency to fewer lateral scales, predorsal scales and vertebrae. Male with fins larger, especially dorsal and anal fins; greater prepelvic length, head and body depths; first 6 anal-fin rays small folding into fleshy dermal pocket supported by 7th ray; dorsal fin notched, first 4-5 rays separated slightly from the rest.
An experimental fish. Pinnate diatoms (largely benthic), filamentous algae indicate that this species grazes rocks and plant surfaces along or near the bottom (Ref. 29410).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Viviparous. Gestation lasts for about 55 to 60 days. Produces 10-15, rarely 20, young. Matures approximately at the fifth month.
Kingston, D.I., 1978. Skiffia francesae, a new species of goodeid fish from Western Mexico. Copeia 1978(3):503-508. (Ref. 29410)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.3 ±0.23 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .