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Guenter Ellenberg

 

All translations into English by Matthias Naumann, Germany and Bill Kohler, Ohio-USA  

Skiffia multipunctata

PELLEGRIN, 1901

Xenendum multipunctatum PELLEGRIN, 1901
Skiffia multipunctata MEEK, 1902
Goodea multipunctata REGAN, 1907
Ollentodon multipunctatus HUBBS & TURNER, 1937
Skiffia multipunctatus MEYER, WISCHNATH & FÖRSTER, 1985
 

English name:
Piebald Goodea, Speckled Sawfin Goodeid

Family:
Goodeidae JORDAN, 1923.

Subfamily:
Goodeinae JORDAN, 1923.

Original description:
PELLEGRIN, J. (1901): Poissions recueillis par M. L. Diguet, dans l’Etat de Jalisco. Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist., Paris, 7: pp. 204-207.

Origin of the species name:
The name multipunctatus (lat.) refers to the spotted body of the fish.

Type locality:
in the area of the city Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Meristic properties (female)
Dorsal fin = 15 - 17 rays,
Anal fin = 15 - 17 rays.

The culture of Skiffia multipunctata is easy. Aquariums of 80 liters or larger should be used. Due to their origin these Goodeids should also be kept in hard, slightly alkaline water. The water temperature should fluctuate between 17 °C and 22 °C.

The food should consist of flakes, frozen and live food. A vegetable portion in the form of scalded spinach is also important. Any algae in the aquarium will become an additional source of food so it should not be removed.

Breeding succeeds without problems. With Skiffia multipunctata one can speak of a prolific, peaceful and attractive species. Around 20 fry are delivered in a spawning and the older fish do not pursue these. Because of their size (10 mm and more) raising the fry is without trouble.

With Skiffia multipunctata (and Skiffia francesae) the aquarium-hybrid "Black Beauty" has been bred, which is very pretty. This is fertile and so should not be kept together with specimens of either parental species.

Referring to observations of BRIAN KABBES Skiffia multipunctata's area of distribution in nature seems to be larger than previously estimated. Skiffia multipunctata has actually been reported only around the city of Guadalajara. BRIAN KABBES has still found this species at a distance of 150 km southwest of this big city. In comparison with Skiffia lermae Skiffia multipunctata exists in larger numbers. Above all, the biotope at Noroto (which is southwest of the Chapala lake) seems to contain a large number of fish of all ages. The fish living here barely differ in their appearance. Skiffia multipunctata lives here in soft water so one should not add soda to the aquarium water of these fish. This species is sensitive and should be treated with care.

 

Skiffia multipunctata-Krönke
Skiffia multipunctata
Photo by: Dr. Frank Krönke

 

 

326-Skiffia multipunctata 10
Taken from: Aqualog publishing company
Title: all Livebearers and Halfbeaks,
Photo by: H. J. Mayland.
Habitat: Guadajalara, Jalisco, Mexico, bred in captivity, female, 6.5 cm.

 

 

322-Skiffia multipunctata 06
Taken from: Aqualog publishing company
Title: all Livebearers and Halfbeaks,
Photo by: J. C. Merino.
Habitat: Guadajalara, Jalisco, Mexico, bred in captivity, male, 6 cm.

 

 

Skiffia multipunctata 15 La Luz de Jong
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: La Luz, Mexico 2002
Photo by: Kees de Jong

 

 

771-La-Luz-Dibble-01
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: La Luz, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Ivan Dibble

 

 

772-La-Luz-Dibble-02
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: La Luz, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Ivan Dibble

 

 

773-La-Luz-Dibble-03
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: La Luz, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Ivan Dibble

 

 

774-La-Luz-Dibble-04
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: La Luz, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Ivan Dibble

 

 

775-La-Luz-Dibble-05
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: La Luz, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Ivan Dibble

 

 

784-Lago-Orandino-Jose-Corona
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: Lago Orandino, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: José Corona

 

 

785-Lago-Orandino-Jose-Corona
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: Lago Orandino, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: José Corona

 

 

729-03 Bellas_Fuentes Michoacan
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: Bellas Fuentes, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Brian Kabbes

 

 

766-Bellas-Fuentes-Michoacan
Skiffia multipunctata
Habitat: Bellas Fuentes, Michoacán, Mexico
Photo by: Edoardo Garcia

 

 

Literature of:

508-Kees de Jong

 

Skiffia multipunctata (Pellegrin, 1901)

O. Böhm (0) : Quelques espèces intéressantes de la familie des Goodéidés. Aquarama  (): 13-16

D. Bork (1994) : Shocktod bei Goodeiden?. DGLZ-Rundschau  (1): 10-10

I. Dibble (2000) : Fish Ark Project - Mexico. Viviparous  (49): 0-

I. Dibble (2003) : Mein Tagebuch der "Arche-Projekt"- Feldexkursion 2003. DGLZ-Rundschau  (4): 86-97

L.H.  Escalera Vázquez (2004) : Comortamiento alimentario de crías de pez Skiffia multipunctata (Pellegrin, 1901) (Goodeidae) utilizando zooplancton como presa. Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo Facultad de Biología

H. Hieronimus (1992) : Skiffia multipunctata, ein Anfängerfisch?. DGLZ-Rundschau  (3): 52-54

M. Holly, H. Meinken & A. Rachow (0) : Ollentodon multipunctatus (Pellegrin).   (): 975-976

K. de Jong (1992) : Zonnende Gambusia's (levendbarenden in de tuinvijver) deel II. Poecilia Nieuws  (6): 7-8

K. de Jong (2003) : Op zoek naar zwaarddragers Mexico 2002 (tweede deel). Poecilia Nieuws  (5): 70-82

K. de Jong (2004) : Auf der Suche nach den Schwertträgern Mexiko 2002 (Teil 2). Das Lebendgebärenden Magazin  (1): 5-17

B. Kabbes (1999) : Vangreis van Brian en Simone Kabbes, Mexico 1998 Conclusies en bevindingen Familie Goodeidae. Poecilia Nieuws  (2): 22-35

D.I.  Kingston (1978) : Skiffia francesae, a new species of goodeid fish from western Mexico. Copeia  (3): 503-508

D. Lambert (0) : The sawfin Goodeids. Viviparous  (11): 0-6

D. Lambert (0) : Skiffia multipunctata (Pellegrin, 1901). Viviparous  (11): 0-2

D. Lambert (0) : Black beauty. Viviparous (23): 0-

D. Lambert (1989) : Mexico '87. Livebearers  (104): 7-9

D. Lambert (1990) : Skiffia multipunctata (Pellegrin, 1901). Poecilia Nieuws  (5): 80-81

D. Lambert (1991) : Het geslacht Skiffia. Poecilia Nieuws  (4): 65-70

D. Lambert (1995) : The livebearer world More Goodeids. Tropical Fish Hobbyist  (5): 162-164

J.K.  Langhammer (0) : The black beauty sawfin (a hybrid Skiffia). Viviparous  (23): 0-

J.K.  Langhammer (1982) : The lost treasure of the Aztecs Part II - The elfin and sawfin Goodeids. Livebearers (65): 3-5

J.K.  Langhammer (1985) : What are we doing? The black beauty sawfin (a hybrid Skiffia). Livebearers  (82): 3-5

J.K.  Langhammer (1987) : Was machen wir?. DGLZ-Rundschau  (2): 4-6

J. Lyons (1997) : Tolerences of Mexican livebearers to extremes of temperature and dissolved oxygen in the wild. Livebearers  (148): 16-19

E. Meinema (1990) : Kleine hooglandkarpers. Het Aquarium  (9): 209-212

G. Mendoza (1965) : Sexual dimorphism in the dorsal fins of Ollentodon and Skiffia, Mexican Goodeid Teleosts. Iowa Academy of Science  (72): 469-477

J. de Moree (1999) : De Skiffia's. Poecilia Nieuws  (5): 102-105

J. Pellegrin (1901) : Poissons reguellis par M.L. Diguet, dans l'État de Jalisco (Mexique). Bull. Mus. Nat. Hist. Paris (7): 204-207

A.C.  Radda (1986) : Cyprinodonte vissen in Mexico (slot). Poecilia Nieuws  (4): 54-57

C. Sciarone (1992) : Skiffia multipunctatus (Pellegrin, 1901). Picasso onder water  (): 0-

E. Soto-Galera et al (1998) : Fish as indicators of environmental quality in the Río Lerma Basin, México. Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management  (1): 267-276

A.T.  Tveteraas (0) : Collecting goodeids in the area near Morelia part 2. Viviparous  (24): 0-

A.T.  Tveteraas (0) : Collecting goodeids in the area near Morelia, Mexico. Viviparous  (23): 0-