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  • Sunburst Wag Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Mickey Mouse Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Blue Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Red Crescent Platy (Mickey Mouse)

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Assorted Platy (L)

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Hifin Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Gold Comet Platy (Twin Bar)

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Marigold Wag Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Red Wag Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Neon Marigold Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Redtail Black Variatus Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Neon Sunburst Platy

    Xiphophorus maculatus

The southern platyfish, common platy or moonfish (Xiphophorus maculatus) is a species of freshwater fish in family Poecilidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. A live-bearer, it is closely related to the green swordtail (Xiphophorus helleri) and can interbreed with it. It is native to an area of North and Central America stretching from Veracruz, Mexico, to northern Belize.

The southern platyfish grows to a maximum overall length of 2.5 inches. Sexual dimorphism is slight, the male’s caudal fin being more pointed. The anal fin of the male fish has evolved into a gonopodium, a stick-shaped organ used for reproduction. The female southern platyfish’s anal fin is fan shaped. Wild varieties are drab in coloration, lacking the distinctive dark lateral line common to many Xiphophorus species.

Xiphophorus maculatus prefers slow-moving waters of canals, ditches, and warm springs. Omnivorous, its diet includes both plants and small crustaceans, insects, and annelid worms.

Breeders have developed a multitude of color varieties (e.g. orange, red, yellow, red/black, and black/white) which are common aquarium fish for hobbyists.

The southern platyfish is commonly known simply as the platy Platys are easy to keep and well suited to a community aquarium.

In captivity, they reach maturity in three to four months, and breed readily, the females giving birth to about 20-40 young at a time. The fish commonly sold in pet shops is not a pure strain of Xiphophorus maculatus, but is a hybrid between Xiphophorus hellerii and Xiphophorus maculatus. In general, if the male has a sword-shaped tail, they are called swordtails. Otherwise, they are labeled platy. Color and fin shape vary wildly in the aquarium trade.

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Updated: July 16 2012

 

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