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