Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Cyprinodontidae
(Pupfishes) > Cyprinodontinae
Etymology: Cyprinodon: Latin, cyprinus = carp + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335); ceciliae: Named for Cecilia Contreras Lozano.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; non-migratory. Tropical, preferred ?
Central America: Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 27139)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished from its congeners in having its unique coloration: nuptial males violaceous blue with 7-8 well marked dark bar, all extending to venter; females' dorsal fins blackish in the proximal two thirds, ocellus with round black spot usually smaller than pupil; anal usually with a posterior dark spot near its base; eye diameter 1.2-1.6 times and maxilla 0.83-1.2 times in anal base (similar to C. longidorsalis); postdorsal-postanal distance 0.9-1.0 times in caudal peduncle length; teeth absent on 4th ceratobranchial; anal base large 2.5-3.2 times in head length; head length 2.8-3.2 times in SL (Ref. 26729).
The area of collection is arid, with little vegetation, often succulents, also with thick shrubby growth around; the area is dusty, with poor soils and some cultivated fields nearby. Water is clear, bottom muddy; aquatic vegetation includes Chara and Scirpus; banks shrubby or meadowlike (Ref. 26729). Not a seasonal killifish (Ref. 27139).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lozano-Vilano, M. de L. and S. Conteras-Balderas, 1993. Four new species of Cyprinodon from southern Nuevo León, Mexico, with a key to the C. eximius complex (Teleostei: Cyprinodontidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 4(4):295-308. (Ref. 26729)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00416 - 0.02191), b=3.14 (2.94 - 3.34), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm<1 and Fec<1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .