Phalloceros harpagos Lucinda 2008

A Speckled Mosquitofish, Phalloceros harpagos - Perth, Western Australia - introduced. Source: Mark Maddern / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

An introduced South American poeciliid that is only well established in urban aquatic habitats of south‐western Australia.

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Dianne J. Bray, Phalloceros harpagos in Fishes of Australia, accessed 09 Dec 2022,

Phalloceros harpagos Lucinda 2008

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Native distribution: South America - Rio Paraná-Paraguay river basin and coastal drainages from Itaboapana to Araranguá River, Brrazil.


Dianne J. Bray

Phalloceros harpagos Lucinda 2008


Allen, G.R., S.H. Midgley and M. Allen, 2002. Field guide to the freshwater fishes of Australia. Western Australian Museum, Perth, Western Australia. 394 pp. (as Phalloceros caudimaculatus)

Lucinda, P.H.F. 2008. Systematics and biogeography of the genus Phalloceros Eigenmann, 1907 (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae: Poeciliinae), with the description of twenty-one new species. Neotrop. Ichthyol. 6(2): 113-158.

Maddern, M.G. 2012. Biology and ecology of introduced Phalloceros harpagos Lucinda in south-western Australia : comparisons with the invasive poeciliid Gambusia holbrooki Girard. PhD thesis, University of Western Australia.

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Max weight:5 cm SL


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