Skiffia francesae Kingston, 1978

Golden skiffia, Tiro, Golden sawfish goodeid



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Extinct in the wild

Last record: 1979

IUCN RedList status: Extinct in the Wild


A species currently extinct in the wild (Contreras-Balderas & Almada-Villela, 1996). Plans for reintroduction are unknown.





Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Kingston, Dolores Irene. (1978). Skiffia francesae, a New Species of Goodeid Fish from Western Mexico. Copeia 1978(3): 503-508.

Other references:

Burkhead, Noel M. (2012). Extinction Rates in North American Freshwater Fishes, 1900–2010. BioScience 62(9): 798-808.

Contreras-Balderas, S. & Almada-Villela, P. (1996). Skiffia francesae. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 23 September 2012.

Dalrymple, S. E., Abeli, T., Ewen, J. G., Gilbert, T. C., Hogg, C. J., Lloyd, N. A., Moehrenschlager, A., Rodríguez, J. P. and Smith, D. (2023). Addressing Threats and Ecosystem Intactness to Enable Action for Extinct in the Wild Species. Diversity 15: 268.

De La Vega-Salazar, M.Y., Avila-Luna, E. and Macias-Garcia, C. 2003b. Threatened Fishes of the World: Zoogoneticus tequila Webb & Miller 1998 (Goodeidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 68(1): 14.

De La Vega-Salazar, M. Y., Avila-Luna, E., Macías-Garcia, C. 2003a. Ecological evaluation of local extinction: the case of two genera of endemic Mexican fish, Zoogoneticus and Skiffia. Biodiversity & Conservation 12(1): 2043-2056.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN. 1990. 1990 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1986). 1986 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

IUCN Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1988). IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

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.

Koeck, M. (2019). Skiffia francesae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T20285A2757376. Accessed on 10 June 2022.

Lyons, John et al. (2019). Distribution and current conservation status of the Mexican Goodeidae (Actinopterygii, Cyprinodontiformes). ZooKeys 885: 115-158.

Miller, Robert Rush. (2005). Freshwater fishes of Mexico. University of Chicago Press – Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Chicago, USA.

Ramsar Secretariat. (2009). Presa La Vega site No.2026. Ficha Informativa de los Humedales de Ramsar (FIR) – Versión 2009-2012. Ramsar Secretariat.

Smith, Donal et al. (2023). Extinct in the wild: The precarious state of Earth’s most threatened group of species. Science 379(6634): eadd2889.

Webb, Shane A. and Miller, Robert Rush. (1998). Zoogoneticus tequila, a new goodeid fish (Cyprinodontiformes) from the Ameca drainage of Mexico, and a rediagnosis of the genus. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology The University of Michigan, no. 725, 23 pp. [records of this species from Ameca drainage, Mexico]


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