There are two different ways of breeding new Endler or Dwarf Guppies. One is to cross different color varieties of the pure species Poecilia wingei (Endlerguppy) with each other or to select and intensify certain color characteristics, which occur within a population, by selective breeding. The other way is to cross Endlerguppy and “normal” Guppy (Poecilia reticulata) to transfer certain color characteristics of the “normal” Guppy to the Endler without losing the dwarf character of the Endlerguppy. This is achieved by backcrossing the hybrids to the parent species Endlerguppy until the desired phenotype (i.e. the outer appearance) has developed.
The “Tiger”-Endler has been bred in this second way and it exists already some years; however, the blue color of the “Blue Tiger” is new. We have received such animals from an Endler breeder now for the first time; they are still quite uneven in their characteristic, but very, very promising!
For our customers: the animals have code 419128 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesalers.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer