Fundulidae

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva - Male
Rainwater Killifish – Lucania parva – Male

Fundulidae

Description

The family Fundulidae contains both marine and freshwater fishes that are colloquially, and interchangeably, called the “top minnows” and the “killifishes”. The family consists of four genera, two of which can be found in the waters of North Carolina. It is important to note that the word killifish is used to describe other families of the order Cyprinodontiformes, such as the Cyprinodontidae, however we are addressing these fishes on the family level, and will describe other killifishes separately.

 

Species List

Common Scientific Range
Rainwater Killifish Lucania parva Range Map
Striped Killifish Fundulus majalis Range Map
Mummichog Fundulus heteroclitus Range Map
Lined Topminnow Fundulus lineolatus Range Map
Speckled Killifish Fundulus rathbuni Range Map
Marsh Killifish Fundulus confluentus Range Map
Waccamaw Killifish Fundulus waccamensis Range Map
Lake Phelps Killifish Fundulus cf. diaphanus Range Map
Golden Topminnow Fundulus chrysotus Range Map
Banded Killifish Fundulus diaphanus Range Map
Bluefin Killifish Lucania goodei Range Map
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Gallery

Banded Killifish - Fundulus diaphanus
Banded Killifish – Fundulus diaphanus

 

Spotfin Killifish - Fundulus luciae
Spotfin Killifish – Fundulus luciae

 

Speckled Killifish - Fundulus rathbuni
Speckled Killifish – Fundulus rathbuni

 

Speckled Killifish - Fundulus rathbuni
Speckled Killifish – Fundulus rathbuni

 

Waccamaw Killifish - Fundulus waccamensis
Waccamaw Killifish – Fundulus waccamensis

 

 

Lake Phelps Killifish - Fundulus cf. diaphanus
Lake Phelps Killifish – Fundulus cf. diaphanus

 

 

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva - Male
Rainwater Killifish – Lucania parva – Male

 

 

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva - Female
Rainwater Killifish – Lucania parva – Female

 

 

Speckled Killifish - Fundulus rathbuni
Speckled Killifish – Fundulus rathbuni

 

 

Striped Killifish - Fundulus majalis - Male
Striped Killifish – Fundulus majalis – Male

 

 

Striped Killifish - Fundulus majalis - Female
Striped Killifish – Fundulus majalis – Female

 

 

Mummichog - Fundulus heteroclitus - Male
Mummichog – Fundulus heteroclitus – Male

 

 

Marsh Killifish - Fundulus confluentus
Marsh Killifish – Fundulus confluentus

 

 

Striped Killifish - Fundulus majalis - Female
Striped Killifish – Fundulus majalis – Female

 

 

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva - Male
Rainwater Killifish – Lucania parva – Male

 

 

Marsh Killifish - Fundulus confluentus
Marsh Killifish – Fundulus confluentus

 

 

Lined topminnow - Fundulus lineolatus
Lined topminnow – Fundulus lineolatus

 

 

Lined topminnow - Fundulus lineolatus
Lined topminnow – Fundulus lineolatus

 

 

Banded Killifish - Fundulus diaphanus
Banded Killifish – Fundulus diaphanus

 

 

Marsh Killifish - Fundulus confluentus
Marsh Killifish – Fundulus confluentus

 

 

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva - Female
Rainwater Killifish – Lucania parva – Female

 

 

Rainwater Killifish - Lucania parva - Male
Rainwater Killifish – Lucania parva – Male

 

 

Banded Killifish - Fundulus diaphanus
Banded Killifish – Fundulus diaphanus

 

 

Lake Phelps Killisfish - Fundulus cf. diaphanus
Lake Phelps Killisfish – Fundulus cf. diaphanus

 

 

Golden Topminnow - Fundulus chrysotus
Golden Topminnow – Fundulus chrysotus

 

 

Spotfin Killifish - Fundulus luciae
Spotfin Killifish – Fundulus luciae