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- n. Any of several small fish that feed on mosquitoes, but especially those of the genus Gambusia
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- n. A silvery topminnow (Gambusia affinis) with rows of black spots of tropical North America and West Indies; important in mosquito control.
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- n. silvery topminnow with rows of black spots of tropical North America and West Indies; important in mosquito control
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But I'll tell you one thing: In the quest to buff one's brag sheet, a lot of great books are read, dances are choreographed and in the case of Maryama Diaw and Marjana Chowdhury—a 16-year-old junior and a 17-year-old senior at the Young Women's Leadership School in East Harlem—eastern mosquitofish are dissected.
You heard that right; the mosquitofish was merely a stand-in for the real thing.
Asian swamp eels have eaten all the sunfish in some Georgia ponds, leaving only mosquitofish.
Brought to China from the Philippines to eat mosquitoes, the mosquitofish has lately become a tyrant, spreading throughout the marshlands in southern China and driving several native aquatic species to the brink.
The only way to kill the mosquitofish is by dousing the water with rotenone -- a poison so potent it also kills almost everything else that swims.
This is documented for a host of species including salmon, cichlid fishes, squirrels, rats, guppies, mosquitofish, finches, and a host of plant species.
Female mosquitofish prefer mates that had a steady nutritional upbringing over those that suffered ...
Kahn and his colleagues reared 365 newborn male mosquitofish, all of which were fed the same amount of food for their first week of life.
Male mosquitofish -- an invasive species in Australia originally introduced to control mosquitoes -- born in a food-scarce environment will delay sexual maturation and undergo a period of accelerated growth when food becomes available.
Female mosquitofish prefer mates that had a steady nutritional upbringing over those that suffered a poor start in life with a restricted diet, even though the male fish are physically similar in adulthood, a new study shows.