Gold Wag Sailfin Molly
The Gold Wag Sailfin Molly is an aquarium strain of hybrid mollies. Parental species include Poecilia latipinna, P. velifera and possibly other molly species. This fish is a hybrid of unknown origin within the genus Poecilia and not a natural species. We began developing this stain in 1999 from our Gold Sailfin Molly by selecting for black fins and clear gold bodies. Additionally, we out-crossed these fish to P. latipinna, Coleto Creek and P. latipinna, Rio San Antonio to improve hardiness and dorsal fin size. Our breeding efforts suffered a setback in 2003 when Hurricane Claudette destroyed our breeding facility and killed some of our breeding stock. Males reach 12.5cm (5 in.). Females grow somewhat larger and much heavier. This fish lives to be about three years of age. Both sexes have gold bodies and fins with occasional black spots. We are trying to breed out the black entirely. Both sexes also show the “wag” pattern, black caudal and dorsal and often the paired fins and the anal fin. Males also often have orange heads and fronts of the body. The male’s caudal (tail) sometimes has sky blue highlights. The male’s dorsal fin is immense. This fish has no natural range since it is a hybrid among species that range from the Carolinas to Central America.