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Shortfin molly

Shortfin molly


LatinPoecilia mexicana
Size11 cm
FoodInsects, crustaceans, plant parts and detritus
HabitatRivers and lakes

Least concern

LocationCentral America

Breeds a lot

Shortfin molly is only pregnant for 28 days. Then the female gives birth to 30-80 fry (depending on the size of the female). The fry are mature after 7-12 months (depending on gender and food supply).

Colors in the name

The scientific genus name for that group of fish (Poecilia) comes from the Greek word: poikilos. Which means: with many colors. However, only the males are colorful.