$3.00 – $5.00
The Red Swordtail is a North American livebearer related to and in the same genus, Xiphophorus, as the platies. Most commercial strains of swordtails have mixed heritage, including ancestors from X. helleri, X. maculatus and X. variatus. Commercial swordtails are primarily descended from X. helleri. Males often reach 7.5cm (3 in.), not counting the swordtail. Females are somewhat larger and much heavier. Both sexes have red-orange bodies and fins. Males like all swordtails have an extended “sword” from the bottom margin of caudal. We are working to convert this strain from mostly Brick Red coloration to a bright Red color. This fish has no natural range, but of its ancestors hail from Mexican and Central America.