Re: NANFA-L-- Amazon Mollies

Bob Bock (
Tue, 8 Feb 2005 09:11:44 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

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<DIV>What you bought were probably hybrids of P. velifera and P. latipinna, and maybe even P. petensis.&nbsp; Those are the three sailfin species, and they've been crossed a lot by breeders. (Latipinia is the species we have here in the U.S. and range from the South Atlantic Coast on along the Gulf Coast in to Mexico.&nbsp; Velifera picks up around the Yucatan and of the two is probably the larger and prettier species.&nbsp; Petensis is an inland salifin species no longer seen in the hobby, but crossed with domestic stock to bring many years ago to bring about greater freshwater tolerance.)</DIV>
<DIV>Sailfins you buy in the store are probably hybrids of those three species, and may have some sphenops or mexicana genes as well.&nbsp; (These latter two are short fin freshwater species from Mexico.)</DIV>
<DIV>Why the storebought mollies aren't as large as they were many years ago, I don't know.&nbsp; What I do is check the stores regularly for exceptionally large breeder fish.&nbsp; A good male will come in to my local area about only about once or twice a year.<BR><BR><BR>-----Original Message----- <BR>From: <BR>Sent: Feb 7, 2005 2:58 PM <BR>To: <BR>Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Amazon Mollies <BR><BR><ZZZHTML><FONT face=arial,helvetica><ZZZHTML><FONT lang=0 face=Arial size=2 FAMILY="SANSSERIF" PTSIZE="10">Ok, which Mollie is the prettiest? Largest in size with the biggest fins? I used to buy these enormous black mollies with huge dorsal fins that had red trim. what ever happened to them and what species were they?<BR><BR>Moon</FONT></ZZZHTML> </DIV></FONT></BODY>
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