Re: NANFA-L-- Amazon Mollies

Bob Bock (
Tue, 8 Feb 2005 09:24:56 -0500 (GMT-05:00)

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<DIV>Moon, your not the first person to tell me that sailfins have been get=
ting smaller.&nbsp; At our local plant club meeting, I met a guy who looked=
to be in his mid to late 70s, and he told me that when he was a kid, molli=
es used to be a big fish.&nbsp; Similarly, as a kid in the early 60s, a rem=
ember a pair of albino sailfins in the fish section of the local Two Guys t=
hat dwarfed the little black mollies in the other tank.&nbsp; It's hard to =
remember back almost 40 years ago, but I'd have to guess that those fish we=
re anywhere from&nbsp;5 to 6 inches long!<BR><BR><BR>-----Original Message-=
---- <BR>From: <BR>Sent: Feb 7, 2005 3:32 PM <BR>To: nan= <BR>Subject: Re: NANFA-L-- Amazon Mollies <BR><BR><ZZZHTML><=
FONT face=3Darial,helvetica><ZZZHTML><FONT lang=3D0 face=3DArial size=3D2 F=
AMILY=3D"SANSSERIF" PTSIZE=3D"10">In a message dated 2/7/05 3:25:01 PM East=
ern Standard Time, writes:<BR><BR><BR>
0ff 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px" TYPE=3D"CITE">Moon, No one really knows t=
he parentage of all the aquarium mollies, especially blacks.&nbsp; Black mo=
rphs of several molly species occur in the wild, but the most common are fr=
om Poecilia sphenops.&nbsp; Some are also from P. latipinna.&nbsp; The sail=
fin on the fish you bought suggests latipinna, velifera (or other tropical=
) heritage, but the red margin on the fin suggests some other parentage als=
o, even including sphenops.&nbsp; The short of it is, mollies in the aquari=
um trade are derived from lineages long ago established from a variety of p=
arents.&nbsp; Unless you bought fish from a breeder who could document his =
fish, I would just call them "black mollies."&nbsp; That is sort of like sa=
ying that your pet dog is a dog.<BR><BR>Dave<BR><BR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR><BR>Th=
at is really too bad, I know you don't see those huge mollies in the trade =
anymore much less the huge black ones. I remember I paid $1.50 for it 42 ye=
ars ago. I had saved for a whole summer to get that fish. I loved it like a=
dog!<BR><BR>Moon</FONT></ZZZHTML> </DIV></FONT></BODY>
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