Southern Platyfish

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Description of the Southern Platyfish

The Southern Platyfish is also known as the Common Platy.It is a very popular freshwater tropical aquarium fish. The Platy can be purchased in a variety of colors including Orange, Red, Black. The Picture above shows a Tuxedo Platy which is Orange and Red in color. The platy is a very hardy fish and makes an ideal choice for the beginner; these fish are prolific breeders!

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Southern Platyfish

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Popular Name: Southern Platyfish
Species: Xiphophorus maculatus

Profile of the Southern Platyfish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Southern Platyfish species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH: 7.0 to 8.0. Temp: 18 to 25 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Flaked or Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Peaceful, Good Community Fish

  • Habitat: Creeks, Swamps, Canals and Ditches

  • Behaviour: Prolific Breeders!

  • Range: Central and North America

Scientific Classification of the Southern Platyfish
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: Xiphophorus maculatus

  • Popular Name: Southern Platyfish - Common Platy

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cyprinodontiformes

  • Family:Poeciliidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Southern Platyfish?
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 Southern Platyfish slimy?
Southern Platyfish secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Southern Platyfish 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 Southern Platyfish have gills?
Gills enable the Southern Platyfish 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 Southern Platyfish 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 Southern Platyfish has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Southern Platyfish has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Southern Platyfish has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Southern Platyfish has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Southern Platyfish

Southern Platyfish

  • Interesting Information about Southern Platyfish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Southern Platyfish slimy?

  • Why do the Southern Platyfish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Southern Platyfish have fins?

  • Species: Xiphophorus maculatus

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