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The goldspotted killifish, Floridichthys carpio, is one of three recorded North American species of the family Cyprinodontidae (Nordlie 2006). Members of this family are characterized by a single, spineless dorsal fin, abdominal pelvic fins, squared or rounded caudal fin and a scaly head (Robins & Ray 1986). The body of F. carpio is short, deep and chubby, with convex dorsal profile (Robins & Ray 1986). Darker irregular bands are present on the lower sides, and the lack of a dark spot at the base of the first dorsal fin ray differentiates this killifish from similar species. Breeding males are more brightly colored, with orange-gold spots on the cheeks and body.


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Source: Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory

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