Jordanella floridae
Goode and Bean 1879
Family Cyprinodontidae

Lateral view of two flagfish
The photo above shows a male, top, and a female, bottom, flagfish. These fish are now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection. Top: UF 236678 Bottom: UF 238406 Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The flagfish is a member of the pupfish family. It has a large and conspicuous black spot, alternating white and red-orange lines and silver-gold flecks on the side of the body. The fins are clear to yellow. Flagfish have a chubby body, deep caudal peduncle and a large dorsal fin with between 14 and 18 rays. Flagfish can be found in vegetated sloughs, ponds and lakes, and in pools of creeks and small rivers. Flagfish are sometimes found in brackish water

Status & distribution

  • Status — Native freshwater
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central and Peninsula drainages
  • River Drainages — Ochlockonee River, minor Gulf tributaries, Suwannee River, Withlacoochee River, Tampa Bay, the Myakka or Peace River, Lake Okeechobee, Caloosahatchee River, the Everglades, Indian River and the St. John’s River
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