Friday, January 19, 2007

Friday Fish: Galaxias maculatus

This southern-hemisphere native may be the most widely distributed freshwater fish in the world. Galaxiids (the family this guy is in) are not distantly related to salmonids, and for a while during the 1980's were included in the sister taxon to Salmonidae. I've been reading too much about salmonid phylogenetic relationships, lately.

The description for this species on Wikipedia makes them sound very much like guppies.

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