Pair in the aquarium
Pair of Xiphophorus gordoni from Santa Tecla spring, Cuatro Cienegas valley [Coahuila] in the aquarium of the Museum of Natural History of the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon circa 1991. Photo by Andreas Tveteraas. (27-Dec-2021). determiner Juan Miguel Artigas Azas




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Xiphophorus gordoni Miller & Minckley, 1963

Cuatro Cienegas platyfish; Espada de Cuatro Ciénegas.

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Original description as Xiphophorus gordoni:


  • Miller, Robert Rush. 1963. "Xiphophorus gordoni, a new species of platyfish from Coahuila, México". Copeia. 1963(3): 538-546 (ffm00053)

Conservation: Xiphophorus gordoni is evaluated by the international union for the conservation of nature in the iucn red list of threatened species as (EN) endangered (2018). A continuing decline of the quality of this species' habitat has been projected as a result of the impending (within 5 years) construction of irrigation channels, which will reduce the area of the freshwater springs to which the species is restricted (Matamoros et al., 2019).