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Swordtail

 

(Xiphophorus helleri), a fish of the family Poeciliidae of the order Cyprinodontidae. It is found in the fresh waters of Mexico and Guatemala. Males are up to 8 cm long, and females 12 cm. The lower part of the male’s caudal fin has the distinctive form of a sword. Swordtails are grayish olive, with a longitudinal red stripe and several shorter reddish bands parallel to it. The females, which are not as brightly colored as the males, are live-bearers. The swordtail is a popular aquarium fish. It hybridizes with the closely related platy (X. maculatus) to form black, red, lemon, mottled red, and other varieties.

REFERENCE

Il’in, M. N. Akvariumnoe rybovodstvo, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1968.
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The species of Poeciliidae family including guppy, molly, red swordtail and platies (Xiphophorus msculstus) are the most popular ornamental fish produced in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India and China; consequently, the broodstock nutrition is considered as an important factor in the reproductive performance in most fish species (8).
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Conspecific mate recognition in swordtails, Xiphophorus nigrensis and X.
Female preference for male sword length in the green swordtail, Xiphophorus helleri (Pisces: Poeciliidae).
In 1988, large males were discovered in three tandemly located, natural populations of the pygmy swordtail (Morris and Ryan 1995).
Female preference predates the evolution of the sword in swordtail fish.
A genetic polymorphism in the swordtail Xiphophorus nigrensis: testing the prediction on equal fitnesses.
Basolo (1990) used parsimony to reconstruct ancestral states for male swords and female preference for male swords onto a preliminary phylogeny for swordtails and platies.
Character definitions, sexual selection and the evolution of swordtails.
Besides all these, swordtail fish, which are of great importance among aquarium fish, are also among species with financial value due to their colors and tail structures (Tamaru et al.
In phenoxyethanol application, induction phase times of swordtail fish were shown in Figure 3A and total induction times were shown in Figure 3B.
Genetic basis for alternative reproductive tactics in the pygmy swordtail, Xiphophorus nigrensis.