Inspiration color source for Swordtails (Xiphophorous hellerii)

Xiphophorus helleri Annanasschwerttaeger Maennchen
Xiphophorus helleri Annanasschwerttaeger Maennchen

Inspiration color source for Swordtails - Ceramic artwork colors

Ceramic artwork colors for a Swordtail cultivar fish
Ceramic artwork colors for a Swordtail cultivar fish

Red wagtail female
Red wagtail female fish

Ceramic art colors for a Xiphophorus-helleri-Annanasschwerttaeger-Maennchen fish

Ceramic art colors for a Xiphophorus-helleri-Annanasschwerttaeger-Maennchen fish
Ceramic art colors for a Xiphophorus helleri Annanasschwerttaeger Maennchen fish

Xiphophorus hellerii fry
Xiphophorus hellerii fry

Ceramic art color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii fry

Ceramic art color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii fry
Ceramic art color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii fry

Swordtail cultivar
Swordtail cultivar

Ceramic art color scheme for a Xiphophorus-hellerii-red-male fish

Ceramic art color scheme for a Xiphophorus-hellerii-red-male fish
Ceramic art color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii red male fish

Red female Swordtail
Red female Swordtail

Ceramic art fish color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii red wagtail female

Ceramic art fish color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii red wagtail female
Ceramic art fish color scheme for a Xiphophorus hellerii red wagtail female

The green swordtail, or otherwise known as the Xiphophorus hellerii, is a species of freshwater and brackish fish in the Poeciliidae family of the order of Cyprinodontiformes. It is a live-bearer, closely related to the Southern Platyfish or 'platy' or otherwise known as the X. The maculatus will crossbreed with it. It is native to North and Central America, extending from Veracruz, Mexico, to the northwest of Honduras.

The male green swordtail grows to a maximum overall length of 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) and the female to 16 centimeters (6.3 inches). The name ' swordtail' is derived from the elongated lower lobe of the male caudal fin (tailfin). Sexual dimorphism is slight, while the female is larger than the male, but the' sword' is missing. The wild type is olive green in color, with a red or brown lateral line and speckles on the dorsal and sometimes caudal fins. The male's blade is gold, with a black edge below it. Captive breeding has developed many color variations, including black, red, and many patterns of aquarium hobby.

The green swordtail prefers fast-flowing, densely vegetated rivers and streams, but is also found in warm springs and canals. Omnivorous, the diet includes both plants and small crustaceans, insects and annelid worms.

One of the most common tropical aquarium fish, the green swordtail was bred into a variety of hybrid types for aquarium hobby due to its durability and suitability for community tanks.

Green swordtail is a common laboratory animal and has been used as a model organism for studies involving female mate preference and male conflict. It's often referred to as X. Helleri, with one' I' but the authorities find this to be an orthographic mistake and two' I spelling to be a true specific epithet. It is named after Karl Bartholomew Heller, who collected the specimen type. Thanks to the interbreeding of the Southern Platyfish or' platy,' the majority of swordtails in aquariums are hybrids to some degree.

References
Red male Swordtail
Swordtail cultivar
Xiphophorus hellerii fry
Red wagtail female
Xiphophorus helleri Annanasschwerttaeger Maennchen

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