Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Goodeidae
(Splitfins) > Goodeinae
Etymology: Zoogoneticus: Greek, zoon = little animal + Latin, genesis = genesis (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.5 - 7.5; non-migratory; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 20°C - 24°C (Ref. 36807)
North America: Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36807); 8.0 cm TL (female)
This fish generally inhabits rivers, but now appears to only occur in one small pond in Mexico. The locality was at an elevation of 1311 m and specimens were usually caught in the quiet part of the river, at a depth of less than 1 m., with mud and silt, and was nearly continuously stirred by domestic livestock. It was reported that the only known extant population inhabits a spring pool, 4 m in diameter with an average depth of 20 cm. Little is known about the species in the wild. However, in aquaria, sexual maturity can be reached within six to ten weeks and broods are known to number as man as 20-29 offspring, but females in their first year of reproduction are reported to have fewer than ten (Ref. 117910).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Up to 15 young are born after up to 65 days.
Kempkes, M., 2000. Zoogoneticus tequila - ein neuer Hochlandkärpfling. Datz 53(10):8-10. (Ref. 36807)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: potential
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [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
): 2.0 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .