Risks associated with introduction of poeciliids for control of mosquito larvae: first record of the non-native Gambusia holbrooki in Argentina

J Fish Biol. 2017 Aug;91(2):704-710. doi: 10.1111/jfb.13370. Epub 2017 Jul 10.


This study confirms the presence of two species of the non-native mosquitofish Gambusia in Argentina. The risks that they represent to native biota, their potential dispersal in the region, and their effectiveness in mosquito larvae control are discussed.

Keywords: Cyprinidontiformes; Gambusia; coI; cryptic species; exotic species; mosquitofish.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Argentina
  • Biological Control Agents*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Culicidae*
  • Cyprinodontiformes / anatomy & histology
  • Cyprinodontiformes / classification
  • Cyprinodontiformes / physiology*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Introduced Species*
  • Larva
  • Sex Characteristics


  • Biological Control Agents