A Melanistic Female Mosquitofish, Gambusia-Affinis-Holbrooki
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Am. Midl. Nat.
Biodiversity Conservation; Ecology
A melanistic female mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis holbrooki, was collected from a ditch near Oviedo, Seminole Co., Florida. Although melanistic male mosquitofish have been noted previously, this is the first melanistic female reported in the scientific literature. A year-long monthly sampling program at the Oviedo site and five other sites in E-central Florida failed to reveal other melanistic females. In the laboratory, the unusual female produced two broods. All young were normally pigmented at birth but one female offspring developed melanism when she became sexually mature.
American Midland Naturalist
Snelson, F. F.; Smith, R. E.; and Bolt, M. R., "A Melanistic Female Mosquitofish, Gambusia-Affinis-Holbrooki" (1986). Faculty Bibliography 1980s. 545.