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Xiphophorus variatus (variegated platy; Variegated; Variable platyfish; Sunset platy)

Synonyms: Platypoecilus variatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The variatus platy (Xiphophorus variatus), also known as variable platyfish or variegated platy, is a species of freshwater fish in family Poecilidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. A live-bearer, it is native to southern Tamaulipas and northern Veracruz states in northeastern Mexico. It is a popular fish in the aquarium trade due to its prolific breeding, as are hybrids with other members of its genus, most notably the southern platyfish.
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Adult Length [1]  2.756 inches (7 cm)
Diet [2]  Planktivore, Carnivore (Invertebrates)
Female Maturity [1]  3 months 1 day


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Florida Peninsula United States Nearctic Tropical and Subtropical Coastal Rivers    
Upper Missouri Canada, United States Nearctic Temperate Upland Rivers    


Parasitized by 
Eustrongylides ignotus <Unverified Name>[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


America, North - Inland waters; America, South - Inland waters; Asia - Inland waters; Colombia; Costa Rica; Hawaii (USA); Hong Kong; Mexico; Nearctic; Neotropical; North America: endemic to Mexico from southern Tamaulipas to northern Veracruz. At least one country reports adverse ecological impact after introduction.; Oceania - Inland waters; Oriental; Puerto Rico; Singapore; USA (contiguous states);

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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