START­ING WITH CLUE 5 GUESS THE FISH US­ING AS FEW CLUES AS POS­SI­BLE

Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - LETTERS -

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This fish is named after the man who dis­cov­ered it – a nat­u­ral­ist who was once ship­wrecked in New Zealand and hooked up with Maori tribes­men. Later he moved to the Amer­i­cas and be­came chief in­spec­tor of schools.

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Be­cause it’s so easy to breed, there are now hun­dreds of vari­ants of this fish, and spe­cial­ist shows have been set up in their hon­our. Spe­cific breeds can com­mand in­cred­i­bly high prices.

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Though the fish orig­i­nate from Trinidad and Tobago, An­tigua, Bar­ba­dos, Guyana, Ja­maica and Brazil, they’ve be­come in­va­sive on ev­ery con­ti­nent ex­cept Antarc­tica. In many cases they were de­lib­er­ately in­tro­duced.

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These fish are among the eas­i­est in the world to sex. They are live­bear­ers and the males have a pro­nounced gonopodium, bright colours and usu­ally an en­larged tail. Fe­males are larger, but drab­ber, with small tails.

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Other com­mon names for this fish in­clude ‘mil­lions fish’, ‘rain­bow­fish’ and ‘mos­quito fish’. Among the sci­en­tific names given to it have been Le­bistes, Gi­rardi­nus, Acan­tho­cephalus and Poe­cil­ioides.

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