family Poeciliidae


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Noun1.family Poeciliidae - topminnows
fish family - any of various families of fish
Cypriniformes, order Cypriniformes - an order of animals including almost entirely freshwater fishes: characins; loaches; carp; suckers; sometimes classified as a suborder of Ostariophysi
live-bearer, poeciliid, poeciliid fish, topminnow - small usually brightly-colored viviparous surface-feeding fishes of fresh or brackish warm waters; often used in mosquito control
Gambusia, genus Gambusia - mosquitofish
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As a rule, within the family Poeciliidae females reach larger sizes before being able to reproduce which is very important to guarantee the success of offspring development inside the ovary (Ponce de Leon et al.
Viviparous fishes, such as those from the family Poeciliidae, are excellent models for understanding the evolution of life cycles.
In attempting to argue that the lifecycle of the guppy is an apt metaphor for the poetic process--and therefore that a tank full of guppies is the perfect addition to a poet's studio--I discover that the guppy is a member of the family Poeciliidae, is in fact Poecilia reticulata.
Fishes in the family Poeciliidae are livebearers and occupy a variety of tropical and temperate habitats.
This hypothesis is supported by the lack of a statistical difference in preferences between species in this study, evidence of preferences for larger males in other species in the family Poeciliidae (Hughes 1985; Zimmerer and Kallman 1989; Ryan et al.