guppy


guppy
/gup"ee/, n., pl. guppies.
a small, freshwater topminnow, Poecilia reticulata, often kept in aquariums. Also called rainbow fish.
[named after R.J.L. Guppy (1836-1916) of Trinidad, who presented specimens to the British Museum; catalogued under the NL name Gerardinus guppyi in 1866]

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Colourful, freshwater, live-bearing topminnows (Lebistes reticulatus and Poecilia reticulata; see killifish) popular as pets in home aquariums.

Guppies are hardy, energetic, easily kept, and prolific. The male, smaller and much more brightly coloured than the female, grows to about 1.5 in. (4 cm). Guppies have been bred in various ornate strains characterized by colour or pattern and by shape and size of the tail and dorsal fins.

(Top) Male and (bottom) female guppies (Lebistes reticulatus)

Jane Burton
Bruce Coleman Ltd.

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fish
 (Poecilia reticulata or Lebistes reticulatus), colourful, live-bearing freshwater fish of the family Poeciliidae, popular as a pet in home aquariums. The guppy is hardy, energetic, easily kept, and prolific. The male guppy, much the brighter coloured of the sexes, grows to about 4 centimetres (1 1/2 inches) long; the female is larger and duller in colour. Guppies have been bred in a number of ornate strains characterized by colour or pattern and by shape and size of the tail and dorsal fins. See also live-bearer.

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