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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Pisces
Binomial name
Poecilia reticulata
The guppy, alternatively guppie (Poecilia reticulata) is one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species in the world. It is a small member of the Poecilidae family (females 3cm, males 2cm) and is therefore live-bearing. It prefers hard water and can withstand a surprising degree of salinity. Its most famous characteristic is its propensity for breeding.

The female guppy is a drab brown in colour. The much smaller male naturally has a colourful caudal fin[?] (tailfin), which has been considerably enhanced in shape and colour by selective breeding.

The species originates in the Yucatan peninsula, but has escaped from captivity and lives in a feral condition in much of the warmer regions of the world. It has been introduced to some areas to keep down the mosquito population and fight malaria.

A Guppy is also an extremely large wide-bodied aeroplane that is used to transport parts for other aeroplanes and for the space shuttle.

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