The photo is of a mature female Pigeon Blood Sailfin Molly.
This is a domestic (commercial) molly strain we developed in 1999 while our hatchery was still in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The strain resulted from a cross of Poecilia latipinna, San Antonio River, a population of wild sailfins I collected in 1998 along the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio, Texas with a strain of mollies we got from the Far East called Red Leopard Lyretail. We no longer have the Red Leopards, but their genes live on in our Pigeon Blood Sailfin and Pigeon Blood Lyretails.
The genesis of this strain was when I dropped a female Red Leopard Lyretail in with a male P. latipinna, San Antonio River. The resulting offspring were large, but not very colorful. They were flesh colored with a few black and orange freckles. Susie, my wife, took one look at them and said, “Discard them. They aren’t worth the space.” But, I saw some promise in the line. I kept a few of the lyretails and after a couple of generations had a fish I called “pigeon blood” because it reminded me of Pigeon Blood Discus. Apparently that strain of Discus was named such since it resembled dried blood flecks on flesh. Sort of gruesome.
I maintained the strain as lyretails, selecting for a silvery-flesh colored body with spangles of orange and black. After we moved to Texas, I outcrossed to Green Sailfin Mollies and selected for a non-lyretail strain.
The pictured female is one of our breeders. The strain requires constant selection to maintain the proper balance of background color and spangles. I selected a female to photo since males usually get all the attention. She shows that females can also be attractive in the aquarium.