Guppies are probably the most popular aquarium inhabitants. They are known even to those people who do not understand anything in aquarism.
Each owner of a home pond at least once lived such fish. It was with the guppy that many aquarium fish lovers began their journey.
This tropical species is unpretentious in care, friendly to other inhabitants and quite hardy.
Guppies are known to all aquarists and are known for their easy maintenance.
The name of these fish received on behalf of the discoverer. He was Robert Guppy. For a long time it was believed that he first described this species in 1866 and brought it to the European continent.
Later it turned out that the first guppies came to Europe a little earlier than they were described in detail. In 1859, ichthyologist from Germany, Wilhem Peters, found in his package that arrived from Venezuela an unusual fish that looked like members of the Pecilijev family, so he called it Poecilia reticalata.
In 1861, an ichthyologist from Spain named Filippi found guppies in samples of wildlife sent to him from Barbados. He also struck the similarity of the fish with petsilievym, but he called them the Legistes poecilia. The members of the Royal Society of England did not know about it or preferred to forget.
After the report of the priest, it was decided name a new species of fish in his honor.
Guppies get their name from their discoverer, Robert Guppy.
The first full supply of guppies to Europe was established by captain D. A. Whipan. At the end of the first decade of the 20th century, he began to breed these fish and import them into European stores from Barbados, Venezuela and Trinidad.
Though later the truth was revealed, and the view was renamed according to all the rules, the name of the guppy was fixed to the fish forever. They are currently called Poecilia reticulata Peters.
Guppies originally lived in Venezuela, Northern Brazil and the Lesser Antilles. Some species of these fish can live in both salt and fresh water.
There are confirmed cases of their catch in the sea at a distance of 50 km from the coast.
Currently the official name of the guppy. They are now called Poecilia reticulata Peters.
Gradually, these fish were brought to other continents, where they settled well in freshwater bodies. Guppies were especially actively exported to other countries after Europeans discovered that at home, where there are many guppies in rivers and lakes, the local population has a minimal incidence of malaria.
On the neighboring islands, where this species was not, the disease was a real scourge.
Studies have been conducted that have shown that this small fish willingly eats all transitional forms of mosquitoes and mosquitoes. Journalists immediately called her the savior of mankind, which gave rise to a real guppy expansion in the world’s water bodies.
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