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Species of the Day – Goodeid (Ameca splendens)

December 21, 2012

Species of the Day - Goodeid (Ameca splendens)

Goodeid a bony fish from the monotypic genus Ameca, of the splitfin family (Goodeidae), which also commonly known as the Butterfly Goodeid or Butterfly Splitfin. It was formerly found throughout the Ameca River drainage in Mexico; the type locality is Rio Teuchitlán in the vicinity of Teuchitlán, Jalisco. The species was only ever found in an area about 10 miles (15 km) in diameter.

Goodeid is listed as extinct in the wild by the IUCN, In its former natural habitat, the bedrock is limestone, resulting in a hard and alkaline water. The vegetation is largely limited to algae and Ceratophyllum hornworts.The primary causes of extinction of Goodeid from the wild was mainly due to anthropogenic disturbances, such as pollution, eutrophication, habitat modification and desiccation.

Goodeid Working Group is created in response to the critical environmental issues facing the majority of wild Goodeid species/populations. primary goal of this Group is to promote collaboration between like-minded hobbyists, universities, public aquaria, zoos, museums and conservation projects in order to maintain aquarium populations of Goodeids while assisting in preservation of remaining natural habitats.

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