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.

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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 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

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First Known Use of pupfish

1949, in the meaning defined above

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