Poecilia sphenops Valenciennes, 1846
Molly
Molly
Poecilia sphenops
photo by Slaboch, R.

Family:  Poeciliidae (Poeciliids), subfamily: Poeciliinae
Max. size:  7.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; brackish; pH range: 7.5 - 8.19999980926514; dH range: 11 - 30, non-migratory
Distribution:  Central and South America: Mexico to Colombia. Often confused with Poecilia mexicana (Ref. 1739).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Feeds on worms, crustaceans, insects, plant matter. The black variety (Black molly) is a very popular aquarium fish and is marketed throughout the world (Ref. 1739). In the aquarium it feeds on green algae and also readily accepts dried food (Ref. 1672). Minimum aquarium size 60 cm (Ref. 51539).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 March 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Also Ref. 12157.

Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 23.10.91
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 10.11.16
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 24.06.00

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