Definition of pupfish in English:



  • A small fish found in fresh or brackish water in the deserts of the south-western US and northern Mexico.

    Genus Cyprinodon, family Cyprinodontidae: several species

    • ‘The small springs that harbor small populations of native pupfishes and other small fishes.’
    • ‘In the variegated pupfish, the entrance of a female into a male's territory will stimulate neighbors to intrude and disrupt the courtship of the territorial male.’
    • ‘In 1998, the Service proposed to list the Pecos pupfish, a small fish native to the Pecos River, its tributaries, and nearby waters in New Mexico and Texas, as an endangered species.’
    • ‘Most radically, we have extended protection to every endangered species, even the lowliest and most unprepossessing-the Furbish lousewort, the snail darter, the desert pupfish, the spotted owl.’
    • ‘In 1976 the U.S. Supreme Court limited the amount of ground water pumping in Ash Meadows to ensure enough water for the Devils Hole pupfish, if not for the area's other vulnerable species.’
    • ‘At present, so much water is sucked from the Colorado that the river often fails to reach the Sea of Cortez, dooming species like the endangered desert pupfish and the Yuma clapper rail.’
    • ‘A suit has been filed by the Center for Biological Diversity to protect 24 endangered species including the Desert tortoise, Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard, Arroyo toad and Desert pupfish.’
    • ‘The desert pupfish found in hot springs of western North America live in temperatures higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit’
    • ‘The endangered Quitobaquito pupfish is a small fish, typically about 1.2 inches long, that can live up to 3 years.’
    • ‘In a quick tour, he points out the pupfish pond, a nature trail, and the cactus and native plants, all labeled so you can distinguish a teddy bear cholla from a beavertail cactus.’
    • ‘Only a handful of endangered species, such as the Tecopa pupfish, the longjaw cisco, and the dusky seaside sparrow, have ever been taken off the list because they went extinct.’
    • ‘Finally, the aggressively territorial male pupfish, Cyprinodon pecosensis, will eat his own eggs if he detects them, but if they escape notice from the male, they are well protected within his territory.’
    • ‘It is the only member of the pupfish that does not exhibit any territorial behavior.’
    • ‘From June 2004 until June 2005 about six and a half inches fell, reviving dormant flower seeds and leaving small lakes - where desert pupfish are having a boom year - in place of dry, salty flats.’
    • ‘The springs are home to 24 species not found anywhere else, including ten species of snails and three species of desert pupfish.’
    • ‘This protected the aquifer and ensures that the shallow ledge in Devils Hole, so vital to the pupfish, will not become a ‘sunbathing deck.’’
    • ‘In southern Arizona, an endangered fish, the Quitobaquito pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius eremus), inhabits the springs, stream, and pond at Quitobaquito on Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.’
    • ‘The Ash Meadows Amargosa pupfish population in this system has more than tripled.’
    • ‘This situation is analogous to that of the Galapagos Islands, where Darwin drew inspiration for his theory of evolution, except that the pupfish evolved in ‘islands’ of water within a desert ‘sea.’’
    • ‘To protect a unique species of pupfish, 40 acres at Devil's Hole were added to the park by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 6, 1937.’