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A Salute to Flagfish

Jordanella floridae exhibits the best traits native killies have to offer.

By Stephen Noble

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One of the joys of fishkeeping is showing another experienced aquarist your latest fish acquisition and hearing, “Whoa, beautiful fish. What is it?” This is my experience with the American flagfish (Jordanella floridae). I am not an impulsive buyer and, as with the other ornamentals kept in my fish room, I researched and planned for more than a year before special ordering six of these fish from my local pet shop. The reason for the long wait will be explained momentarily.

Jordanella floridae are ray-finned fish from the family Cyprinodontidae (killifishes, pupfishes and toothcarp) and are considered to be a single genus (Jordanella) of the North American pupfishes. This beautiful native fish gets its name because of a striking resemblance to the Stars and Stripes.

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