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    Default Possible Hybrid: Sunfish + Sailfin Molly


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    I caught a fish with a butterfly net in my local pond in some shallow water. It looks like this:



    Could it be a hybrid sailfin molly? There are bass, carp, minnows, sunfish, bluegills, etc. in the pond.
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    That is what a regular wild molly looks like. It is no hybrid.

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    So there's wild mollies in my nearby pond? WOW!
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    They were probably released in there by someone with a fish tank at one time and reproduced.

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    and eventually reverted back to wild colors, or maybe they already looked like that when they were released.

    PS: hybridization occurs only with very closely related species, such as between two species in the same genus, or rarely in the same family.
    thus, mollies will not be able to hybridize with any of the other mentioned fish because they are too distantly related.
    in the case that fish could hybridize freely the fish farming industry would have a field day.

    I can picture a tank full of manacapuru coryminnows swimming amongst rainbow hatchetguppies and electric blue bassplecos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingFisher View Post
    They were probably released in there by someone with a fish tank at one time and reproduced.
    depending on where the OP lives, they could be in their natural environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
    depending on where the OP lives, they could be in their natural environment.
    True, they are found in the United States from North Carolina to Texas.

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    @jaysee - I do live in Texas, near Houston.
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    That is cool that you found that fish. I like those and I like the AMerican Flag Fish.

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    I don't know about Houston, but I live about 2.5 hours south of you and those fish are in every lake, river, stream, and creek around here.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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