|Scientific Name:||Zoogoneticus tequila|
|Species Authority:||Webb & Miller, 1998|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii); D ver 3.1|
|Assessor/s:||Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T.|
|Reviewer/s:||Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)|
Assessed as Critically Endangered due to this species having a very small extent of occurrence and area of occupancy, with the total population thought to be numbering less than 50 mature individuals. It appears to exist in only one locality; a small pool, and is under continued threat by introduced species and habitat degradation.
|Range Description:||This species is known only from Rio Teuchitlan of the Rio Ameca drainage, in Mexico. It was re-discovered in 2003 in a very small lake.|
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|Population:||Collection efforts since 1992 were unsuccessful, and it was thought that this species may be extinct in the wild (Miller, 2005), however, an extremely small population of Z. tequila was found in 2000-2001 in a very small pond. This population is composed of less than 500 individuals of all ages. Less than 50 individuals are adults (De La Vega-Salazar et al., 2003).|
|Habitat and Ecology:||
Z. tequila is a benthopelagic fish that generally inhabits rivers, but now appears to only exist in one small pond. The type locality was at an elevation of 1311 m, where specimens were usually caught in the quiet part of the river, at a depth of less than 1 m. The substrate, of mud and silt, was nearly continuously stirred by domestic livestock (Miller 2005). The only known extant population inhabits a spring pool, 4m in diameter with an average depth of 20 cm (De La Vega-Salazar et al. 2003).
Little is known of its biology in the wild. In aquaria, sexual maturity can be reached within six to ten weeks. Broods are known to number as man as 20-29 offspring, but females in their first year of reproduction have fewer than ten (Miller 2005).
Several exotic species have been introduced near the type locality resulting in declines in native fishes (Miller 2005). A study revealed that densities of Goodeid species were lower, or were absent, in localities in the
|Conservation Actions:||This species is being maintained in captivity by aquarists in North America and Europe (Miller 2005). It has been recommended that breeding programmes are implemented so the species can be re-introduced into the original, larger pools previously inhabited by this species.|
|Citation:||Snoeks, J., Laleye, P. & Contreras-MacBeath, T. 2009. Zoogoneticus tequila. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 16 April 2014.|
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