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Goodeid Status
By Dr. John Lyons
Revised: April, 2009

Priorities for Captive Maintenance of Mexican Goodeids

Extinct (no captive populations available):
Characodon garmani

Extinct in the Wild (captive populations available):
Skiffia francesae

Critically Endangered:
Allodontichthys polylepis (possibly extinct in the wild)
Allotoca goslinei (possibly extinct in the wild)
Allotoca maculata
Allotoca meeki
Allotoca zacapuensis
Ameca splendens
Ataeniobius toweri
Chapalichthys pardalis
Chapalichthys peraticus
Characodon audax*
Characodon lateralis*
Girardinichthys viviparus
Hubbsina (Girardinichthys) ireneae
Hubbsina (Girardinichthys) turneri (possibly extinct in the wild)
Neotoca (Skiffia) bilineata
Neophoorus (Allotoca) regalis
Xenoophorus captivus*
Zoogoneticus tequila

Allodontichthys hubbsi
Allotoca dugesii*
Skiffia lermae
Skiffia multipunctata*
Xenotoca eiseni*
Zoogoneticus purhepechus
Zoogoneticus quitzeoensis

Allotoca diazi
Girardinichthys multiradiatus

Allodontichthys tamazulae
Allodontichthys zonistius
Alloophorus robustus*
Allotoca catarinae*
Chapalichthys encaustus
Goodea gracilis (= G. atripinnis?)
Ilyodon cortesae
Ilyodon whitei* (inc. I. lennoni)
Xenotaenia resolanae
Xenotoca melanosoma

Relatively Secure:
Goodea atripinnis* (inc. G. luitpoldi)
Ilyodon furcidens* (inc. I. xantusi)
Xenotoca variata*

Note: Status categories are not official Mexican government designations, but are based (with some updates) on:

Domínguez-Domínguez, O., R. Pérez-Rodríguez, and D. Ignacio. 2008. Morphological and genetic comparative analyses of populations of Zoogoneticus quitzeoensis (Cyprinodontiformes: Goodeidae) from central Mexico, with description of a new species. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 79:373-383.

Jelks, H. L., S. J. Walsh, N. M. Burkhead, S. Contreras-Balderas, E. Díaz-Pardo,D. A. Hendrickson, J. Lyons, N. E. Mandrak, F. McCormick, J. S. Nelson, S. P. Platania, B. A. Porter, C. B. Renaud, J. J. Schmitter-Soto, E. B. Taylor, and M. L. Warren, Jr. 2008. Conservation status of imperiled North American freshwater and diadromous fishes. Fisheries 33:372-407.

Domínguez-Domínguez, O., N. Mercado-Silva, and J. Lyons. 2005. Conservation status of Mexican goodeids: Problems, perspectives, and solutions. Pages 505-549 In M. C. Uribe and H.. J. Grier, editors. Proceedings of the second international symposium on viviparous fishes. New Life Publications, Homestead, Florida.

De La Vega-Salazar, M. Y., E. Avila-Luna, and C. Macías-García. 2003. Ecological evaluation of local extinction: the case of two genera of endemic Mexican fish, Zoogoneticus and Skiffia. Biodiversity and Conservation 12:2043-2056.

*Species with an asterisk have large amounts of morphological and/or genetic diversity and have distinctive populations worthy of captive maintenance.