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n. pl. killifish or kil·li·fish·es
Any of numerous small fishes of the family Fundulidae and related families of the order Cyprinidontiformes, chiefly inhabiting fresh and brackish waters in warm regions and popular in home aquariums.

[Perhaps kill + fish.]


n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any of various chiefly American minnow-like cyprinodont fishes of the genus Fundulus and related genera, of fresh and brackish waters: used as aquarium fishes, to control mosquitoes, and as anglers' bait
[C19: see kill2, fish]


(ˈkɪl iˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any small freshwater fish of the family Cyprinodontidae, used as bait and for mosquito control.
2. Also called topminnow. any of several small North American freshwater killifishes, used as bait and for mosquito control.
3. any of several livebearers.
[1805–15, Amer.; killi- (perhaps kill2 + -y2 + fish]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.killifish - small mostly marine warm-water carp-like schooling fisheskillifish - small mostly marine warm-water carp-like schooling fishes; used as bait or aquarium fishes or in mosquito control
cyprinodont - any member of the family Cyprinodontidae
Fundulus heteroclitus, mummichog - silver-and-black killifish of saltwater marshes along the Atlantic coast of the United States
Fundulus majalis, may fish, mayfish, striped killifish - black-barred fish of bays and coastal marshes of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast of the United States
rivulus - found in small streams of tropical America; often kept in aquariums; usually hermaphroditic
American flagfish, flagfish, Jordanella floridae - a fish with a dark-blue back and whitish sides with red stripes; found in swamps and streams of Florida
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Phylogeny and classification of the Cyprinodontidae revisited: are Andean and Anatolian killifishes sister taxa?
Despite the richness of killifishes, this family is considered the most endangered of all the groups of fish in Brazil (Rosa and Lima, 2008).
The Neotropical genus Austrolebias comprises about 40 small annual killifishes (Costa 2006; Loureiro et at.
Great barracudas at all life stages feed on an array of prey including fish such as jacks, grunts, groupers, snappers, small tunas, mullets, killifishes, herrings and anchovies and occasionally on invertebrates, especially cephalopods.
Killifishes (Cyprinodontidae, Fundulidae) provided good models for study of the expression of male competitive tactics and the interaction between male competition and female choice (Kodric-Brown, 1986, 1988; Fuller, 2001; McGhee et al.
COI gene should help resolve the questionable relationships among these killifishes.
Population-level effects of western mosquitofish on native killifishes and larval amphibians in Indiana waters.
Closing of the Tethys Sea and the phylogeny of Eurasian killifishes (Cyprinodontiformes: Cyprinodontidae).
The Baja California killifish, Fundulus lima (Vaillant 1894) is one of the two killifishes with distribution in the Eastern Pacific drainage (Parenti 1981), and one of the three freshwater fishes endemic to the Baja California peninsula (Ruiz-Campos 2000, Ruiz-Campos et al.
Although World Health Organization (7), mentioned Aphyosemion as one of the annual killifishes noted to have drought resistant eggs, recent work classified them as semi-annual because they can be water incubated and live longer than the annuals in areas which sometimes dry out to moist mud, but at other times retain water throughout the dry season (8).
Rivulus Poey, 1860 is the most geographically widespread and diversified genus of Neotropical aplocheiloid killifishes (e.
Seven families were restricted to tidal-creek habitats: minnows (Cyprinidae), sunfishes (Centrarchidae), killifishes (Cyprinodontidae), gars (Lepisosteidae), eagle rays (Myliobatidae), pikes (Esocidae), and livebearers (Poeciliidae; Table 2).