(need Help Asap) Molly Or Platy?

  1. sunsetsarsaparilla

    sunsetsarsaparilla Initiate Member

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    hoping he is a molly.
     

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  2. BottomDweller

    BottomDweller Fishlore VIP Member

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  3. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

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    Platy.

    Edit: BottomDweller beat me to it.
     
  4. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

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    It's a platy.
     
  5. BeanFish

    BeanFish Well Known Member Member

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    It is a male Platy. Very easy to distinguish from Mollys. Mollys are more elongated while Platys are more stocky. Molly´s caudal peduncle isnt as thick as the one your fish shows in the pic too. Because your fish´s caudal peduncle is so thick I would say it is has the form of Xiphophorus maculatus or the southern Platy. There is another body form, the Xiphophorus variatus form which looks like a swordtail without a sword. Xiphophorus variatus comes from North Mexico (Tamaulipas and Veracruz) while Xiphophorus maculatus comes from South Mexico and Central America (Tabasco, Oxaca, Chiapas Campeche and Guatemala)
    Notice how I said "form". Your fish isnt a true Xiphphorus maculatus, ornamental Platys are a mix of Xiphophorus maculatus, variatus and helleri (green swordtail) but they are often times bred to resemble either the maculatus form or the variatus.
     
  6. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

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    Welcome to fishlore!
    I agree, platy.