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I bought this fish as a female guppy but I'm not sure it's a guppy. Sorry for the bad quality photos.

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Thank you
 
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I know I'm going to have to move him to take a better shot
 

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Kinda looks like a swordtail photo is bad can't tell

Most definitely not a guppy
 

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I was thinking Platy at first as well, but now that you say swordtail it could be that too. They do looks similar.
 

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Sovereign said:
I bought this fish as a female guppy but I'm not sure it's a guppy. Sorry for the bad quality photos.

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Maybe you could put him in a clear container to take a picture.
 

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I only say swordtail over platy cause it's body looks way to long for platy but then again picture if super dark I have both and to me its shape gave off sword
 
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Alright so I'm going to put him in a container and take a better picture
 
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I already took the pictures and put him back but it doesn't seem to work I'll try again soon

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Nevermind it was my wifi, here they are.
 

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That could be a wild type, Xiphophorus evelynae, the Puebla Platy. However, it could also be X. variatus, something closer to wild than you usually see. The body shape says X. evelynae to me, but the fins seem to lack some of the markings. The gonopodium also looks like a Puebla, so while it is odd that you were able to get it as a Guppy, I would have to say that you were unbelievably lucky.
 
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Wow I've never heard of those, I'll do my research
 

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And once again, we see the reason Scientific names are important.

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Yeah, it's a platy
This is technically correct, but IMO it is not a STANDARD maculatus type Platy, but one of many species that carry that common name. When you just say Platy to the average hobbyist, the ASSUME that you mean a normal maculatus type. That is why the common name should at least be modified to specify which Platy. In this instance, the fish has characteristics of the Puebla Platy, X. evelynae. Having contacts in the wild livebearer side of the hobby, I know that this species is available, but primarily through specialist breeders, and not usually via commercial sources.

There are also wild type variatus populations that may show those thin vertical bars, but again, that is a different species. There are usually other indicators of variatus blood, but I don't see those in the photos.

So, we have a fish that looks 90%+ like a fish that is normally never seen in commercial sources, and a 10% resemblance to a species that is relatively common, though not in that color variety. That is the conundrum.
 
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So can he reproduce with the common platys then?
 

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I am not aware of any successful hybridization involving X. evelynae with standard aquarium Platies. However, that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. Being a male livebearer, I'm sure he would try.
 

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