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Wild Guppy

Poecilia reticulata


Wild caught guppy, these were caught in the rivers of Puerto Rico. The ones shown are males, though a few females are also there. They breed each week, with a weekly spawn of 10 fry.


Slow flowing rivers covered by trees. There are no aquatic plants in the river and it has a sandy bottom. The grayish color helps them blend with the rocks, although the movements they do to evade somenone gives them away. They school in around 30+ groups with swordtails. Small fry stay together near the shallow regions of the river.


The bottom fish in the fourth photo is a female green swordtail.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Kyle29 10 months ago
Common Guppy
Poecilia reticulata

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Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 10 months ago

Thanks Kyle!!

Kyle29 10 months ago

These are poecilia reticulata, not poecilia wingei

Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 7 years ago

I understand your concern of taking from the wild, but this species is very common in our rivers. In a time span of 1 month they have produced already 30-40 fry without counting the ones that die due to metabolic problems.

Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 7 years ago

Gilma Jeannette Ospino Ferreira-Norman, actually there are, I only caught 15 in a river around 20ft long and in it were around 100-180+ guppies and the river goes from the moutains to the sea so there are a couple thousands in just one river.

Brian Muñiz, are there enough of this cute guppies to just caught them? and place them in a aquarium, I guess?!

Brian Muñiz
Brian Muñiz 7 years ago

Thanks, they come in many colors. I was with a friend when we caught them so we split them up. They can range from violet to neon blue to orange and even red.

YukoChartraw 7 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

Marvelous! I love the subtle patterns in photo two!

Brian Muñiz
Spotted by
Brian Muñiz

Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, USA

Spotted on Mar 15, 2013
Submitted on Mar 15, 2013

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