In this chapter I'd like to show you certain interesting natural mutations and hybrids of endlers and guppies which have been born overhere. These fish haven't been linebred further on by me.
The picture below shows a hybrid which is the result of an interbreeding of a male red chest hybrid x a female tiger hybrid. Just a part on his side has a tiger pattern. De red chest shows clearly.
The tail shows a white-bluish doublesword, A slight monocle on both sides. Orange-red spots on its side and chest. On both sides near to the tail he's got a metallic tiger pattern.
Below we have some interesting hybrids. These were born in 2010 and were born from an interbreeding of a male micropoecilia parae melanzona var. red x a female flare endler. This proves that an interbreeding with a far related species of the the endler is possible. They also turned very fertile despite of the relationship to the endler as already mentioned. My apologies for the blurred photos for the quality of the camera at that time wasn't too well. But I needed prove for this interbreeding and took the shot.
The pictures show two males. The blond body is definately recognizable as being the flare endler. The bodyshape is slender and stretched like the m. parae. Also the red lining on their bodies and the typical flame which goes upwards in the tail is similar to the m. parae. The bottomsword is typical an endler specification.
They were crossbred with their sisters and only grey offspring were born. The males which developed had the same build and red lining just like these two. And so, yes... they were really fertile!
I've also crossbred a male micropoecilia picta (wild colour) x female black bar endler in 2007. The female offspring were exactly like female endlers. The male offspring were a bit more slender and the pattern of a m. picta and a huge amount of emeraldgreen and purple in them. A peacock on their tails and back. Unfortunately, I've never made any pictures of them. At that time I wasn't focused on doing that. My focus was just to breed those fish... But again, becoz' of this I am so convinced that more interbreeding are possible between different genus'. For a lot of theories are based on "how big are the odds that an actual interbreeding between two different genus' is possible?". The answer which will be given will probably be 0%. A very easy answer but it doesn't cover the question what I've noticed...
Even a molly can interbreed with a guppy for that matter. It's not likely that an interbreeding will just happen if you put two different livebearers together. But in case it's a deliberate project to do so, it's really possible. Also when a male of some kind of livebearer will be left alone by his own species, there's a chance that he might impregnate a different species. For sure, it will be the question wether the offspring is strong enough or even fertile. But an interbreeding between different species does not automatically mean that the offspring will be unfertile.
I've already mentioned that i've been breeding other strains of tigers hybrids in chapter "Livebearer3". A different natural mutation occured in my tank of tiger hybrids but I haven't been undertaking any further breeding actions with this one yet. Just one male blond tiger hybrid developed and he looks great! I haven't seen one ever before and I'm mighty proud that one has developed in one of my tanks.
He's just as slender as a typical tiger hybrid. Instead of a black spot on the sides as most tiger hybrids have, does he own an orange spot instead.
A beauty of a tiger hybrid
Also in my black bar tank some natural mutations have developed. Like the one below... It's mainly olivegreen and some lavender on his sides. A bold black bar and even some emeraldgreen shows on his head.
This is very ferm build male. And it does have a much more appealing appearance in comparison to the regular black bar in my opinion. At least, it's not standard at all...!
The next black bar mutation from the same tank is also a kind of special to look at. Look at this species! Also quite different from the regular black bar endler.
He's got lavender spots on his side and also some olivegreen parts in the direction of his tail. Behind the black bar there's some blue as well... Nicely coloured fish!
Another concious hybridization is between micropoecilia picta and rio approuague wildguppy. Used a m.picta red male x a virgin rio approuague female. The males that came out of that cross looked a bit different in pattern.
These offspring turned out to be fertile as well. Bur some characteristics of both species are still to be found in this crissbreed.
In 2017 I've started all over to create a hybrid between micropoecilia picta and an endler. This time I've selected virgin females of the poecilia wingei "red chest"(Cumana) to crossbreed to a male micropoecilia picta red.
The F1 offspring developed really well and were wellbuild. What became clear was that the males turned out to have a similar bodyshape as the micropoecilia picta male but a color pattern that had similarities with the males of the red chest endler. But the red coloration on the chest of these new males only showed up on the lower part of the chest unlike a regular red chest endler. Also more green (some even blue) could be noticed on the caudal penducle of most males. A monocle on both sides of the chest (like the red chest endler) and a peacock on both sides of the caudal (like the micropoecilia picta) showed up on every male specimen. When it comes to the color pattern, the male hybrids are almost a cross-over (from the red chest endler). But the bodyshape heads more in the direction of the micropoecilia picta. Also the sword pattern are shorter than those of a regular red chest endler.
The female offspring however were slender(just like micropoecilia picta females) and showed a similar pointy nose which micropoecilia picta females have. But looking at their scales, they resemble more to the poecilia wingei females. Also these hybrids turned out to be complete fertile.
Above: Female offspring of the crossbreed Micropoecilia picta x Poecilia wingei "Red chest".
Below: Some male offspring of the crossbreed Micropoecilia picta x Poecilia wingei "Red chest".
These attempts to crossbreed between Micropoecilia picta x Poecilia wingei or a crossbreed between Micropoecilia picta x Poecilia reticulata have been proven possible. And again, these hybrids are fertile by all means...