pup·​fish | \ ˈpəp-ˌfish How to pronounce pupfish (audio) \

Definition of pupfish

: any of several killifishes (genus Cyprinodon of the family Cyprinodontidae) especially of warm streams and springs of the western U.S.

Examples of pupfish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Quitobaquito Springs also has been the only U.S. habitat for two endangered species, the Sonoyta pupfish and Sonoran mud turtle. National Geographic, "Nostalgia can cheer you up," 22 July 2020 The springs are perfect habitat for numerous species of aquatic animals, including two small, endangered desert fishes -- the Pecos gambusia and the Comanche Springs pupfish, according to the release. Midland Reporter-telegram, Houston Chronicle, "Balmorhea State Park to be greatly expanded," 16 June 2020 That could endanger not just the spring’s existence but species in its waters such as the Quitobaquito pupfish and Sonoyta mud turtle, according to the National Park Service. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Tribal Nation Condemns ‘Desecration’ to Build Border Wall," 26 Feb. 2020 Tiny pupfish that live in the middle of the desert, the only wild camels left on Earth, and lobsters the size of terriers will, no doubt, instill an appreciation for the diversity of life. Megan Gambino, Smithsonian, "The Ten Best Children’s Books of 2019," 7 Dec. 2019 From horror to hope Scientists have known for a few decades that diving beetles share the waterlogged limestone cavern known as Devil’s Hole with the pupfish. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Brutal beetles kept world’s rarest fish from breeding—until now," 1 Mar. 2019 Some, like the Devil’s Hole pupfish, are found only in a single geothermal pool in a limestone cavern. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "See a different endangered animal in every U.S. state," 30 July 2019 The pupfish — silvery-blue and the size of a pet goldfish — were unharmed, the park service said. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "These endangered Nevada fish were rocked by the big Alaska earthquake, so they started to spawn," 26 Jan. 2018 Caruso: Maybe the pupfish that’s just upside down and bloated. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart," 31 Mar. 2018

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Pupfish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pupfish. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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