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Death Valley Pupfish
Death Valley pupfish spawning in Salt Creek
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Cyprinodontidae
Genus: Cyprinodon
Species: C. salinus
Binomial name
Cyprinodon salinus
Miller, 1943
Subspecies

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The Death Valley pupfish, Cyprinodon salinus salinus, is a species of fish that is the last known survivor of what is thought to have been a large ecosystem of fish species that lived in Lake Manly, which dried up at the end of the last ice age leaving the present day Death Valley in California. The pupfish is adapted to the shallow, hot, salty water of a particular part of Salt Creek that flows above ground year-round, and is also sometimes referred to as Salt Creek Pupfish. A subspecies lives in nearby Cottonwood Marsh.

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Other Cyprinodons in the area

  • Saratoga pupfish, Cyprinodon nevadensis nevadensis
Found at Saratoga Springs at the south end of Death Valley.
  • Amargosa pupfish, Cyprinodon nevadensis amargosa
Found in the Amargosa River northwest of Saratoga Springs.
Found in Devil's Hole 37 miles (60 km) east of Furnace Creek, in western Nevada.

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Death Valley Pupfish
File:Death Valley Pupfish spawning in Salt
Death Valley pupfish spawning in Salt Creek
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Cyprinodontidae
Genus: Cyprinodon
Species: C. salinus
Binomial name
Cyprinodon salinus
Miller, 1943
Subspecies

See text.

The Death Valley pupfish, Cyprinodon salinus salinus, is found in Death Valley National Park.

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Description

The Death Valley pupfish is a species of fish that is the last known survivor of what is thought to have been a large ecosystem of fish species that lived in Lake Manly, which dried up at the end of the last ice age leaving the present day Death Valley in California.

The pupfish is adapted to the shallow, hot, salty water of a particular part of Salt Creek that flows above ground year-round, and is also sometimes referred to as Salt Creek Pupfish.

A subspecies (Cyprinodon salinus milleri) lives in nearby Cottonwood Marsh. They are both IUCN Red List endangered species.

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Other local Cyprinodons

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