Platy with sword like tail

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Who knows exactly what this platy is. It is female and the middle of its tail is sword like, it is about 1/2 cm longer in the middle.
 

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She really looks like a dalmation swordtail.
 

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Whatever she is she has very impressive colouring!
 

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She probably carries the gene for plume tail.
That gene is become seen more often than it used to be.
 

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Very nice!
 

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That would be a female lyretail platy or maybe even sword because I know that this happens in the lyretail swords but I am not certain about platys.
 

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Platys and swordtails (X. maculatus and X. hellerii), if kept together, can fairly easily interbreed. So it's probably a hybrid between a platy and a swordtail, would be my guess. They're different species, but they can still reproduce and make fertile offspring (like dogs and wolves, C. domesticus and C. rufus).
 

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Semantic Drift said:
Platys and swordtails (X. maculatus and X. hellerii), if kept together, can fairly easily interbreed. So it's probably a hybrid between a platy and a swordtail, would be my guess. They're different species, but they can still reproduce and make fertile offspring (like dogs and wolves, C. domesticus and C. rufus).
Funny how the sword is on top of the tail, not at the bottom. I've said it before but hey: nice fish. Really curious about how it turns out if it matures more.
 

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Eep, I got my wolves mixed up. C. rufus is the red wolf, and I was referring to C. lupus, the grey wolf. I don't know if rufus and domesticus can interbreed. But.

My taxonomy professor would be displeased. I am a bad bio major.
 
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Armadillo the sword is actually in the middle of the tail.It is very strange.
 

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Oh really? Oh yes, I see. Kind of top of the middle there. Very strange indeed.
 

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Its a really interesting fish!
I think its probably a mix between a sword and a platy, as already said.
Am i right in thinking that most livebearers can reproduce even if it's diff species. My guppy breeds with my balloon molly, is it possible they'll get fry??
 

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Guppy male and balloon molly female! Wow, that boy's ambitious. No idea if they can have fry. You'll have to keep us posted. I know that platties/mollies can.
 

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Yes they can produce offspring.
The offspring however are sterile.
 
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I hope my fish isn't sterile, i would love two see off spring. When my second 55 gallon has finished cycling i might add it with sword tails and platys.
 
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