Orange Swordtail

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Description of the Orange Swordtail

The Orange Swordtail is a beautiful and unusual addition to any tropical aquarium. The male can be identified by the 'sword-like' extension on its caudal fin, the female however does not have a sword. Several color variations of the swordtail are available including Green, Tuxedo, Pineapple and Black.

Popular Name: Orange Swordtail
Species: Xiphophorus hellerii

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Orange Swordtail

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Profile of the Orange Swordtail
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Orange Swordtail species.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 7.0 to 8.0 Temp: 21 to 27 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Algae Wafers, Dried or Frozen Food e.g. Brine Shrimp, Bloodworms

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Rivers and Streams particularly those that are heavily vegetated

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: North and Central America

Scientific Classification of the Orange Swordtail
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 hellerii

  • Popular Name: Orange Swordtail - Swordtail

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cyprinodontiformes

  • Family:Poeciliidae

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

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

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

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

Interesting Facts and Information about Orange Swordtail

Orange Swordtail

  • Interesting Information about Orange Swordtail

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Orange Swordtail slimy?

  • Why do the Orange Swordtail have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Orange Swordtail have fins?

  • Species: Xiphophorus hellerii

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