R. R. Miller & W. L. Minckley, 1963
The northern platyfish (Xiphophorus gordoni) is a species of fish in the Poeciliidae family. It is endemic to Mexico. It was named in honor of Myron Gordon by Robert Rush Miller and W. L. Minckley who discovered it with Carl Hubbs on a 1961 expedition.
Its natural habitat is a hot spring heated by volcanic activity, in Santa Tecla, Mexico. The water is "shallow, sulphur smelling", and vegetation choked. "Water temperatures in its biotope range from the mid 80s to the high 90s",[attribution needed] making it difficult for all but the most dedicated aquarists to keep it in captivity. Due to canal construction at the spring, it is not known if a viable wild population survives, or if the fish has used the canals to extend its range.
- Some Like it Hot:The Cuatrocienegas Platy, Ted Dengler Coletti, PhD, Pgs 36 and 37, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, May 2009
- Contreras-Balderas, S. & Almada-Villela, P. 1996. Xiphophorus gordoni. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, Downloaded on 5 August 2007.
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