Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes
(Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae
(Poeciliids) > Poeciliinae
Etymology: Xiphophorus: Greek, xiphos = sword + Greek, pherein = to carry (Ref. 45335); monticolus: Name derived from Latin for a dweller in the mountains, referring to the species' restricted range to headwater streams inside the Sierra Madre.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; pelagic; depth range 2 - 3 m (Ref. 52914). Tropical
North America: Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 52914); 6.4 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
A species characterized by a longer caudal appendage, sword index 0.25; fainter orange stripes that fade in older individuals and pronounced melanophore pigmentation at the edges of the dorsal and ventral sword margins (in males) (Ref. 52914).
This species occurs sympatrically with X. mixei and apparently prefers deeper pools; in rapidly flowing river with boulders and riffles (Ref. 52914).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kallman, K.D., R.B. Walter, D.C. Morizot and S. Kazianis, 2004. Two new species of Xiphophorus (Poeciliidae) from the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, with a discussion of the distribution of the X. clemenciae clade. Am. Mus. Novit. 3441:1-34. (Ref. 52914)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg 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=0.01000 (0.00442 - 0.02263), b=3.12 (2.93 - 3.31), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .