Dalmation Sailfin Molly
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Popular Name: Dalmation Sailfin Molly
Species: Poecilia latipinna
Profile of the Dalmation Sailfin Molly
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Dalmation Sailfin Molly species.
Size: Up to 15cm
Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 20 to 24 Degrees PH 7.5 to 8.0
Diet / Feeding: Algae, Dried, Frozen or Flaked Food
Temperament: Keep in pairs, males can be aggressive to each other
Habitat: Streams, Marshes, Swamps and Estuaries.
Behaviour: Good Community Fish
Range: North America
Scientific Classification of the Dalmation Sailfin Molly
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Species: Poecilia latipinna
Popular Name: Dalmation Sailfin Molly - Marbled Molly
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Dalmation Sailfin Molly?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Dalmation Sailfin Molly slimy?
Dalmation Sailfin Molly secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Dalmation Sailfin Molly to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Dalmation Sailfin Molly have gills?
Gills enable the Dalmation Sailfin Molly to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Dalmation Sailfin Molly have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Dalmation Sailfin Molly has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.
Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Dalmation Sailfin Molly has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.
Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Dalmation Sailfin Molly has Caudal fins to propel through the water.
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Dalmation Sailfin Molly has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement
Interesting Facts and Information about Dalmation Sailfin Molly