What Fish Is This?

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

  1. Sovereign

    SovereignValued MemberMember

    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
     
  2. James17

    James17Well Known MemberMember

    Pictures are very dark hard to see fish.
     
  3. OP
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    Sovereign

    SovereignValued MemberMember

    I know I'm going to have to move him to take a better shot
     
  4. James17

    James17Well Known MemberMember

    kind of shaped like a Platy but very hard to tell.
     
  5. Jacee

    JaceeNew MemberMember

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

    Most definitely not a guppy
     
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  6. Brodrik

    BrodrikNew MemberMember

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

    FishL:))Well Known MemberMember

    Maybe you could put him in a clear container to take a picture. :)
     
  8. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    I think it's a platy
     
  9. Jacee

    JaceeNew MemberMember

    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
     
  10. OP
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    Sovereign

    SovereignValued MemberMember

    Alright so I'm going to put him in a container and take a better picture
     
  11. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    That's going to cause him some stress
     
  12. OP
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    Sovereign

    SovereignValued MemberMember

    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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  13. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
     
  14. OP
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    Sovereign

    SovereignValued MemberMember

    Wow I've never heard of those, I'll do my research
     
  15. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah, it's a platy
     
  16. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

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

    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.
     
  17. OP
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    Sovereign

    SovereignValued MemberMember

    So can he reproduce with the common platys then?
     
  18. chromedome52

    chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    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.
     
  19. THE HABITAT

    THE HABITATWell Known MemberMember

    Yes I agree a platy or a Molly ....
     
  20. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    It might happen.
     
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