Correction of some articles

emeraldking

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Hi,
Just read some articles after I've clicked on "Breeding livebearers". There's are some errors made. But I like to start with the Molly section. It says that Poecilia velifera is the same as Poecilia mexicana. That's incorrect. The Poecilia mexicana is a total different molly and is short finned. There's no Poecilia mexicana with a large dorsal to be found.

It would be more complete regarding the scientific names of the swordtails, guppies and platies if the following are points are added:
1. Refer that this relates only to the fancy strains. For if we do have to point out the scientific names for all three groups left (with the mollies , different names of different wild strains have already been mentioned overthere), the mentioned scientific names would only refer to one group (fancy) of those three.
2. When it comes to guppies, Poecilia reticulata is just one of the classified guppy groups. The other classified guppy groups are: Poecilia obscura and Poecilia kempkesi. These two mentioned are guppies but no Poecilia reticulata. The majority of the guppies found in the wild are Poecilia reticulata.
3. Xiphophorus helleri (or hellerii) is just one group within the swordtail strains that occur in the wild. All fancy strains we know nowadays are derived from the Xiphophorus helleri. So, besides the X.helleri, there are way more wild swordtail strains.
And even within the X.helleri group as being wild swordtails, there are also sub strains (classified by location).
4. The commercial platies we know are derived from Xiphophorus maculatus (most fancy strains) and Xiphophorus variatus. But besides these two there are way more wild platy species that don't belong to these two groups.
5. Poecilia wingei, only the the location of Cumana endlers are mentioned. There are also wild endlers coming from the Campoma region. Most pure endlers that are on te market these days are coming from the Campoma region (at least, of the past few years). But new Campoma endlers won't be found because Lake Campoma has dried out.
All the rest that are on the market are mostly hybrid strains. Among the serious keepers and breeders of endlers, the name endlerguppy and endler is used for both pure and hybrid forms. But the scientific name "Poecilia wingei" only refers to the pure species and not to the hybrid species.

I just wanted to make these remarks for the articles are more based on what's been told in a commercial book while there's so much more about them...
 

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