Poecilia

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Poecilia
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Sailfin molly


Sailfin Molly (Poecilia latipinna)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Superclass:Osteichthyes
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Cyprinodontiformes
Family:Poeciliidae
Genus:Poecilia
Species
(see text)

Poecilia Bloch & Schneider, 1801, is a genus of freshwater fish in family Poeciliidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. The type species is P. vivipara. Live-bearers, the Poecilia species are collectively known as mollies, with the exception of the famous guppy (P. reticulata).

IUCN list two of the species, P. sulphuraria and P. latipunctata (the broadspotted molly) as Critically Endangered.

The generic name Poecilia derives from the Greek ποικίλος (variegated), in reference to the fishes' coloration.

Species


References

  • "Poecilia." ITIS Standard Report. (Integrated Taxonomic Information System: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., 2004-06-08). ITIS 165897 (http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=165897)
  • "Poecilia." FishBase. ed. Froese, R. and D. Pauly (04/2004), Poecilia (http://www.fishbase.org/Eschmeyer/GeneraSummary.cfm?ID=Poecilia)de:Spitzmaulkärpfling
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