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The little mosquitofish has a big job – keeping the mosquito population down by feeding on its aquatic larval and pupal stages.  In turn, the mosquitofish is preyed upon by larger fish such as bass and pickerel, and wading birds.

Mosquito Fish hovering over floor of tank

Did You Know?

Under optimum conditions, each mosquitofish will live about a year.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Gambusia affinis

Gulf of Mexico

2.8 inches

2-3 years

Zoo Location:
Otto M. Budig Manatee Springs

Mosquito larva