(need Help Asap) Molly Or Platy?

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by sunsetsarsaparilla, Jul 11, 2017.

  1. sunsetsarsaparilla

    sunsetsarsaparillaNew MemberMember

    hoping he is a molly.

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  2. BottomDweller

    BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    That's a platy
  3. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember


    Edit: BottomDweller beat me to it.
  4. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    It's a platy.
  5. BeanFish

    BeanFishWell Known MemberMember

    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

    Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    I agree, platy.

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