The sailfin molly, in its many color varieties, is of considerable interest and value to aquarists, and many artificially selected varieties are produced and sold in pet shops. In a landmark definitive work on poeciliid fishes, Donn Rosen and Reeve Bailey (1959) noted the priority of Poecilia by Marcus Elieser Bloch and Johann Gottlob Schneider (1801) with regards to Mollienesia by Lesueur (1821), thereby relegating Mollienesia to the synonymy of Poecilia. The outcrossing to be followed by another round of inbreeding. In the wild, a mollyâs habitat can vary. Filed Under: Breeding, Fish, Genetic, Hybrids Tagged With: breeding, genetics, hybrids, mollies, Poecilia, Poecilia latipinna, Poecilia mexicana, Poecilia petenensisnsis, Poecilia velifera, tropical fish. The male behind him is a run-of-the-mill fish from the colony who was culled. These fish are small, only reaching 5 inches, and males have large dorsal fins, wild forms are gray with rows of dark spots. There are so many and this pandemic was unplanned, how would you go about selling them? (2006). You might find, however, that while size, growth rate etc are certainly polygenic traits, variation in a small number of genes, likely those related to the basic growth hormone/IGF network, have the greatest effect on size. We are finally seeing some reproduction again. I currently have P. Velifera from Greg Sage and P. Latipinna from Florida. Hi Charles, I’m an avid lover of Sailfin Mollies and have been collecting them for the past few years. Many of those must be involved in size. Why have four different colonies? Whatever Hurricane Harvey dumped into the systems seem to have really impacted the three sailfin species (Poecilia latipinna, P. velifera, and P. petenensis) and their hybrids. Wild Type SAILFIN MOLLY - -4 live freshwater aquarium fish Native. This conflict created confusion and eventually necessitated a ruling by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). Sailfin mollies are most commonly observed in the shallow surface waters along the edges of marshes, lowland streams, ponds, swamps, estuaries and even ephemeral water bodies such as roadside ditches. The male behind him is a run-of-the-mill fish from the colony who was culled. I’ll keep you posted. This last week, we processed one of the four GGSM colonies. The fourth one came from some large Marble Sailfin Mollies I found in that breeding colony. I’ll be doing the other three lines soon to see how they are doing. First generation was Thanksgiving 2019. Each of the four colonies started from a different mix of fish: Rather than combining these fish into a single breeding colony, I decided to see if a very large molly could be produced simply by selection within each line. A euryhaline species, the sailfin molly may be found in a variety of saline environments, tolerating salinities as high as 87 ppt and breeding in â¦ We are rebuilding Greenhouse 1, renovating Greenhouse 2, and installing a new generator. See the male at the top of the blog for comparison. She is not only five inches long, but look at the depth of her body. My personal observations on mollies in the retail world is very poor. Golden Sailfin Molly (any qty.) I’ll explain. Salt is not used on most farms. In 1959, the ICZN placed precedence on the name Mollienesia latipinna Lesueur 1821. We lost at least a year and half of reproduction. Wild sailfin mollies are also bred as feeder fish for larger carnivorous fish, though usually guppies are used for that. Fish and Wildlife Service 1983). He looks like he’ll be a hunk. I think something in the leaf debris that was blown into the greenhouses may have impaired reproduction in some of our fish. 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