Our animals

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Northern lakes and seas

The ocean

Tropical rivers and lakes

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Dwarf mormyrid

Electric eel

Cave tetra

The flooded rainforest

Arowana

The interesting species of the river

Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

South America's rainforest

The plants in the river

River deep

Armored predators

Conservation of species

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Apalachicola snapping turtle

Apalachicola snapping turtle

Alligator gar

Alligator gar

Denison barb

Denison barb

Silver flying fox

Silver flying fox

Rainbow shiner

Rainbow shiner

Dwarf Chain Loach

Dwarf Chain Loach

Spotted green hillstream loach

Spotted green hillstream loach

Bluefin killifish

Bluefin killifish

Common Bristlenose Catfish

Common Bristlenose Catfish

Shortfin molly

Shortfin molly

Facts

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

Least concern

LocationCentral America
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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.


California kingsnake

River pool

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi