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Species: Fundulus relictus, Lovers’ Lake killifish

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D 11-12
male: olive & yellow + dark bars, C edge yellow-green, D white ocellus
gill rakers 9-13
pectoral 16
A 11

Fundulus relictus Able & Felley, 1988

Lovers’ Lake killifish

Body slender, compressed; head flattened above, with straight to slightly concave upper profile; snout about eye diameter, rounded; cover of eye not continuous with head skin; front nostril not tubular; mouth small, oblique, opens at front, protrusible, at about level of center of eye; top jaw twisted, lower jaw projecting; jaws with outer row of pointed conical teeth, inner band of simple teeth; 11 (9-13) gill rakers; no spines in fins; dorsal fin short based, 11-12 (10-13) rays, its origin over anal fin origin; 11-12 (9-12) anal fin rays, 3rd  fin ray branched; pectoral with narrow base, rounded, inserted low on side, 16 (15-18) rays; pelvics inserted well behind pectoral base; tail base slender; tail fin bluntly rounded; small smooth scales; lateral line reduced to a series of pits along side of body.

Female olive above, paler below; fins clear except for dusky ends to tail and dorsal fins. Breeding male dark olive brown above, yellow below from head to anal fin; anal and pectoral fins yellow; dark vertical bars all along side and tail base; rear edge of tail fin yellow-green; dorsal fin with a prominent white-ringed ocellus.

Reaches 10.6 cm.

Saline lake.

Depth range: 0-1 m.

Known only from a saline lake (Lover’s lake) on Bermuda.

Note: closely related to F. heteroclitus.

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  • Hypersaline
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Insects
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Bermuda endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 10.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1