We got this very nice Poecilia latipinna during a recent collecting trip to Mustang Island. I wrote about the trip in a previous blog.
Pictured is a young male and a young female. The male will undoubtedly be spectacular when he matures. The other young males collected are just as nice. They are the prettiest wild mollies I’ve ever seen. They were caught in a freshwater drainage ditch in Port Aransas, a coastal town sitting at the northern end of the island. In a single seine net pass we got 38 young mollies. We stopped at that point due to limited time and space for the fish.
We will be returning shortly to get more of them since Siegen University in Germany wants quite a few for research purposes. And, I want more for breeding.
I intend to begin breeding this fish and should have it available for distribution in about three months.
Poecilia latipinna ranges naturally from the Carolinas around Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the Yucatan. It has been introduced into many other locations. There is some dispute about whether the inland populations in Texas’ Hill Country springs are natural or introduced. I suspect they are natural since the species is found in the rivers originating in the springs. Someday I plan to begin collecting at San Antonio Bay and up the Guadalupe River to Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs to see if the molly distribution is continuous. If it is, that’s good evidence the inland populations are natural.