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Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cyprinodontiformes
Family: Poeciliidae Poeciliids
Subfamily: Poeciliinae
Genus: Xiphophorus

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Xiphophorus alvarezi Chiapas swordtail Central America 7.5 1960
Xiphophorus andersi Spiketail platyfish Central America 5.5 1980
Xiphophorus birchmanni Sheepshead swordtail Central America 7 TL 1987
Xiphophorus clemenciae Yellow swordtail North America 5.1 SL 1959
Xiphophorus continens Short-sword platyfish Central America 3.5 1990
Xiphophorus cortezi Delicate swordtail Central America 5.5 1960
Xiphophorus couchianus Monterrey platyfish North America 6 TL 1859
Xiphophorus evelynae Puebla platyfish Central America 6 TL 1960
Xiphophorus gordoni Northern platyfish Central America 4 TL 1963
Xiphophorus hellerii Green swordtail North and Central America 16 TL 1848
Xiphophorus kallmani North America 2003
Xiphophorus kosszanderi Central America 1981
Xiphophorus maculatus Southern platyfish North and Central America 6 TL 1866
Xiphophorus malinche Highland swordtail Central America 5.5 TL 1990
Xiphophorus mayae Central America 7.8 SL 2002
Xiphophorus meyeri Marbled swordtail North America 4 TL 1988
Xiphophorus milleri Catemaco platyfish Central America 4.5 1960
Xiphophorus mixei Mixe swordtail North America 3.9 SL 2004
Xiphophorus montezumae Montezuma swordtail Central America 6.5 TL 1899
Xiphophorus monticolus Southern mountain swordtail North America 6.4 SL 2004
Xiphophorus multilineatus Central America 5 1990
Xiphophorus nezahualcoyotl Mountain swordatail Central America 6 1990
Xiphophorus nigrensis Panuco swordtail Central America 6 TL 1960
Xiphophorus pygmaeus Pygmy swordtail Central America 4 TL 1943
Xiphophorus roseni North America 1981
Xiphophorus signum Central America 7.5 TL 1969
Xiphophorus variatus Variable platyfish North America 7 TL 1904
Xiphophorus xiphidium Swordtail platyfish North America 5 1932



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