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General Body Form
Male guppies are the colorful sex in this species.. Even in the wild Guppies show quite a varied range of coloration and some of the species that inhabit the Islands are really interesting. The variability of colors produced by selective breeding is almost infinite. Typical features are large "eye" spots on the body and fins whose edges shine iridescently in all colors of the rainbow.
Females are usually a rather dull green to yellowish-Green. The scales have dark edges that give the body a reticulate appearance ( hence the name ). selective breeding has increased the females coloration, but as of yet they can't compare to the male.
Standing and slowly moving water, originally in Northern South America and the Caribbean.
As the male matures the Anal fin develops into a structure for reproduction
called the Gonopodium. The Gonopodium can be moved in almost any direction
and stores the sperm in packs called spermatophores. Once the sperm
is inserted into the female it fertilizers her eggs and the rest is
stored in the Oviduct walls for later use. The eggs are very rich
in yolk and the young develop by consuming their yolk stores. In light
colored females pregnancy can be recognized by the growing dark body
marking in front of the Anal fin. Selected varieties only produce
their attractive features if they are given plenty of space and a
varied diet. Very prolific, the females produce young every four weeks
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