Sunburst Mickey Mouse Platy Regular 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 (X. 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. X. maculatus prefers slow-moving waters of canals, ditches, and warm springs.
SUNBURST MICKEY MOUSE PLATY
Platys are one of the more colorful freshwater fish, with base colors that range from pale yellows all the way to deep black and many shades in between. As with many fish species, there are also albino variants. Within each of the color groups, there are many shades, along with a number of names used to describe them. It is common for platys to exhibit several colors as well as a variety of shades all in the same fish.