Poecilia velifera  (Regan, 1914)

Sail-fin molly
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cyprinodontiformes (Rivulines, killifishes and live bearers) > Poeciliidae (Poeciliids) > Poeciliinae
Etymology: Poecilia: Greek, poikilos = with a lot of colours (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; brackish; benthopelagic; pH range: 8.0 - 8.0; dH range: 13 - 19; non-migratory.   Tropical; 25°C - 28°C (Ref. 1672); 21°N - 16°N, 97°W - 86°W

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 50894)

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Central America: Yucatán-Quintana Roo and lower Usumacinta-Laguna de Términos systems in Mexico.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Feeds on worms, crustaceans, insects and plant matter (Ref. 7020). Aquarium keeping: minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).

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Rodriguez, C.M., 1997. Phylogenetic analysis of the tribe Poeciliini (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae). Copeia 1997(4):663-679.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00382 - 0.02179), b=3.19 (3.00 - 3.38), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.0   ±0.34 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (tm<1; multiple spawning per year).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.