pupfish

noun
pup·fish | \ ˈpəp-ˌfish \

Definition of pupfish 

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

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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 Three men climbed a fence guarding Devils Hole, a detached area of Death Valley National Park located in southwestern Nevada and home to about 115 pupfish (among the rarest fish on earth), at around 7:30 p.m. on April 30. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He took a photo of graffiti at Zion National Park. Social media found the vandal, officials say | The Sacramento Bee," 15 May 2018 For one species of pupfish, farting is a matter of life or death. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Farts: which animals do, which don’t, and why," 3 Apr. 2018 Just imagining a bunch of pupfish not farting and popping back up to the surface and being easy prey. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Birds don’t fart, neither do sloths, and other secrets of #DoesItFart," 31 Mar. 2018 In the turbulence, within Devil's Hole, part of Death Valley National Park, male pupfish flashed blue, their spawning color. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "That 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak was powerful — and puzzling," 3 Feb. 2018 This frees important space between the substrate particles where the Devils Hole pupfish larvae seek refuge. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Alaska’s Earthquake Caused Endangered Desert Pupfish to Spawn," 26 Jan. 2018 Desert pupfish are critically endangered and live only in Devil’s Hole. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Alaska’s Earthquake Caused Endangered Desert Pupfish to Spawn," 26 Jan. 2018 The Tecopa pupfish is extinct because a local hot springs facility drained its habitat. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "The Amargosa River Defies the Desert," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pupfish

1949, in the meaning defined above

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