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Banded Killifish (Fundulus diaphanus)


Overview

Overview

Banded killifish (Fundulus diaphanus), a State Special Concern fish, prefers clear water of the bays and quiet backwaters of large lakes and medium to large streams with and sparse to no vegetation over gravel, sand, silt, marl, clay detritus or cobble. Spawning occurs from June through mid-August. This species is not actively tracked in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database, but it could be tracked in the future if there is further evidence of its decline.

State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Banded Killifish (Fundulus diaphanus). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.


Fundulus diaphanus is not tracked by the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program at this time (this species is not on the NHI Working List).
Summary Information
State Statusnone
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS3S4
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIW
WWAP m-SIN

Species guidance


A guidance document is not available at this time. Use the information from the other tabs and contact local biologists, as needed, to develop management and avoidance strategies.

Photos/Video

Photos


Banded Killifish

Side view: The sides show dark vertical bars (faint), dorsal origin is equal to or ahead of anal origin; the pelvic fins are ahead of dorsal origin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Side view: The sides show dark vertical bars; dorsal origin is equal to or ahead of anal origin; the pelvic fins are ahead of dorsal origin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

The mouth is superior and lacks a bar/blotch below the eye, there is a groove between the upper snout and lip.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up mouth/snout: There is a continuous groove between the upper lip and the snout.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Alternative view of dorsal fin: Notice the bands near the base of the fin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up mouth and snout.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up pectoral fin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Alternative side view.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up dorsal fin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up pelvic fin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Head-on view adult.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Bottom view adult.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up anal fin.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Side view adult.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Side view adult.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Side view adult.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Top view adult.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up flank.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up head.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.

Banded Killifish

Close-up tail.

Photo by John Lyons, WDNR.


Last revised: Monday, August 13, 2018