Xiphophorus hellerii (swordtail)

Taxonomy: Xiphophorus helleri which is also known as green swordtail belongs to the poeciliid family. The species were also known as ”Mollienisia helleri”. Distribution-Habitat: The species is native of Central America (Mexico to northwestern Venduras) but, but occurs as introduced in different countries presumably due to the aquarium hobby. In general, the species occur in…

Xiphophorus xiphidium (swordtail platyfish)

Taxonomy: Xiphophorus xiphidium which is also known as swordtail platyfish belongs to the Poeciliidae family. Other common names are swordtail platy and spike-tail platy. Contrary to X.maculatus and X.variatus the species is rarely seen in the aquarium hobby. You should not confuse the species with Xiphophorus hellerii (swordtail) because of their similar common name. Distribution-Habitat:…

Poecilia latippina (Sailfin molly)

Taxonomy: Poecilia latippina, also known as the Sailfin Molly belongs to the Poeciliidae family. Poecilia latippina may also be known as Mollienesia latipinna. Many people confuse Latippina with Velifera because of their anatomical similarities and same common name. Distribution-Habitat: The species is native to Southern North America (Mexico, from Carolina to Veracruz) but, has been…

Xiphophorus Variatus (variegated platy)

Taxonomy: Xiphophorus variatus, also known as the platy variatus, belongs to the Poeciliidae family. Other common names of the species are ” variable platyfish” and ”variegated platy”. Xiphophorus variatus may also be known as Platypoecilus variatus (wrong scientific name). Distribution-Habitat: The species is native to Central America (Mexico, Tamaulipas state, Veracruz.) but, has been introduced…

Xiphophorus maculatus (platy)

Taxonomy: Xiphophorus maculatus which is most known as platy belongs to the Poeciliidae family. Other common names are ”southern platyfish” and ”moonfish”. Distribution-Habitat: The species is native to Central America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, northern Honduras). Furthermore, the species occur as introduced species to other states. Because of the resilience of the species, they exist in…

Poecilia Velifera (Giant Sailfin Molly)

Taxonomy: Poecilia Velifera, also known as the Sailfin Molly belongs to the Poeciliidae family. Other common names of the species are ”giant sailfin”, ”Mexican sailfin molly” and ”Yucatan molly”. Poecilia Velifera may also be known as Molienisia Velifera. Distribution-Habitat: The species is native to Central America (Yucatan peninsula of Mexico) but, has been introduced in…

Poecilia Reticulata (guppy)

Poecilia reticulata which is most known as the guppy belongs to the Poeciliidae family. Other common names are ”millions fish” and ”rainbow fish”. In the past, guppies have changed their scientific names such as Lebistes reticulatus, Girardinus guppii by several scientists.Distribution-Habitat:The species is native to Central America (Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago e.t.c), and to South…