The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database

Gambusia amistadensis Peden, 1973

Amistad gambusia



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: before 30 November 1974 (Miller et al. 1989:33)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Goodenough Springs (and nearby waters), Val Verde County, Texas, USA


Biology & Ecology




USNM 205858.5065424 (62 fish)






Original scientific description:

Peden, Alex E. (1973). Virtual Extinction of Gambusia amistadensis n. sp., a Poeciliid Fish from Texas. Copeia 1973(2): 210-221. [Abstract]


Other references:

Hubbs, C. and Jensen, B. L. (1984). Extinction of Gambusia amistadensis, an endangered fish. Copeia 1984: 529-530.

Jelks, Howard L., Walsh, Stephen J., Burkhead, Noel M., Contreras-Balderas, Salvador, Díaz-Pardo, Edmundo, Hendrickson, Dean A., Lyons, J., Mandrak, Nicholas E., McCormick, Frank, Nelson, Joseph F., Platania, Steven P., Porter, Brady A., Renaud, Claude B., Schmitter-Soto, Juan Jacabo, Taylor, Eric B. and Warren, Melvin L. Jr. (2008). Conservation status of imperiled North American freshwater and diadromous fishes. Fisheries 33(8): 372-407.

Miller, R. R., Williams, J. D. and Williams, J. E. (1989). Extinctions of North American fishes during the past century. Fisheries 14(6): 22-38.

NatureServe. (2013). Gambusia amistadensis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 14 July 2013.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). (1987). Removal of Gambusia amistadensis [sic], the Amistad gambusia, from the list of endangered and threatened wildlife. Federal Register 52: 46083-46087.


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