The wild species of molly are a very difficult group from a scientific point of view. It is often very hard to decide wether a fish represents a colour variety, an eco type, a sex-bound morph (in mollies exist so-called early males, which are less colorful and very small, and late males, which are very large and often colorful), if the coloration is due a social hierarchy or if the fish represents a separate species on its own.
The species Poecilia salvatoris originates from El Salvador and has been described scientifically back in 1907. Later it has been placed in synonymy of P. sphenops and after that it has been regarded to be a subspecies of P. gilli. Today most scientists agree that the pretty, orange-finned fish is a valid, full species. For sure this species has left its genetic traces in different liberty-molly strains.
Keeping the nice fish is comparable to the very well known Black Molly and its sports (Liberty Molly, Gold Molly, Leopard Molly etc.). The fish like comparatively warm, clear and clean water, they need a degree of plant material in their food (algae or food flakes that base on plant material) and bright lightening of the tank. When these conditions are given one will have a lot of fun with the very lively and colorful fish.
For our customers: the fish have code 280563 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Poecilia: means “the colorful, the varied”. salvatoris: means “coming from El Salvador”.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
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