Photo Of The Month

February 2024

This is a featured photo of the month. I will try and update this monthly with a favorite photo.

  • Common Name: Desert Pupfish
  • Scientific Name: Cyprinodon salinus salinus
  • Date Taken: April 4, 2018
  • Location: Salt Creek, Death Valley National Park
  • California
  • Photographer: Nate Nealley

  • The desert pupfish, Cyprinodon salinus salinus, is a small
    fish species native to the southwestern United States and
    northwestern Mexico, where they inhabit various desert
    environments, including desert springs, ponds, and marshes.
    Desert pupfish are typically small, reaching lengths of
    around 1 to 2.5 inches (2.5 to 6.4 centimeters). One of the
    notable characteristics of the desert pupfish is its
    ability to survive in extreme conditions, particularly in
    environments with high salinity levels and temperature
    fluctuations, including high temperatures commonly found
    in desert habitats. These adaptations allow them to inhabit
    environments where other fish cannot survive. They are
    omnivores, and their diet may include algae, small
    invertebrates, and other organic matter present in their
    aquatic habitats. Some populations of the desert pupfish
    face threats due to habitat destruction, water extraction,
    and competition with non-native species. Conservation
    efforts play a crucial role in preserving the biodiversity
    of these unique and resilient fish.

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