Gambusia

Family:
Poeciliidae
Origin:
North America

General description

Small, non-descript silver fish. Females up to c.6 cm, males up to 3.5 cm.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

Shallow margins of still or slow-moving waterbodies, lakes, wetlands, ponds, streams.

Eats zooplankton, eggs and larvae of fish, aquatic and terrestrial macro-invertebrates. Can contribute to poor water clarity, alter nutrient cycling and exacerbate algal blooms.

Management

Check equipment and vessels for freshwater pests, clean everything that has been in contact with the water and dry everything thoroughly.

Find out more:

For more information about gambusia and how to manage them, please contact Auckland Council at pestfree@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

Search tags

RPMP status


Aotea (Exclusion)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Gambusia - Main species image