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Poecilia reticulata

Basic information
Scientific name Poecilia reticulata

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Common names Guppy
Higher taxon Poeciliidae, Cyprinodontiformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range Venezuela, Guyana
Habitat Warm streams, springs, effluence, canals, etc. In Japan, nearby hotsprings, rivers and canals with industrial effluence. Drain sewer, brackish area, etc.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Hot springs in Hokkaido, Fukushima, Nagano, Shizuoka, Okayama, Oita, and Kagoshima Prefs., rivers and canals in Okinawa and Ogasawra. Range in Japan
Origin S America
Date Ca.1955. Establishment in Okinawa was in 1960 or later.
Route Deliberate: release or escape of pet animal.
Impact Unknown impact.
Regulation in Japan No action for prevention, mitigation, control, or eradication.
Introduced range in other countries Worldwide, including small islands, Pacific islets and Reunion.
Reference Notes
  • DECO (ed) (2006) Dictionary of Alien Species. Tokyo-Shoseki, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Froese & Pauly (eds) (2009) FishBase (Accessed on 2010-12-10)
  • JWRC (ed) (2008) A Photographic Guide to the Invasive Alien Species in Japan. Heibonsha, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Kawanabe et al. (eds) (2002) Freshwater Fishes of Japan, 3rd ed.. Yama-kei Publishers, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • etc.