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Endler Guppy: 15 Facts You Won’t Believe!

Read these interesting Endler guppy facts to learn more about this fish that is one of the most beautiful fish.

The Endler guppy, or Poecilia wingei, was first found in Laguna de, Venezuela. They are one of the most common guppy species found in a tank in pet shops for sale and are often hybrid in nature. Endler guppies don't look as fancy as lyre-tailed guppies as the latter is more colorful and bright as a pet.

The Endler's livebearer fish don't lay eggs but bear live young known as fry. It is vital to keep a check on the behavioral patterns of the Endler's livebearer species in the tank; the male and females should be kept in a proper ratio of tank mates so that males are not more than females in the tank.

To find out more interesting facts and information about other animals. You can also check our guides on the moray eel and spotted garden eel for more enriching and mind-blowing facts and guides.

Endler Guppy Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Endler guppy?

Endler's guppy or Endler's livebearer, also known as Poecilia wingei, is a species of fish that is related to the guppy fish and belongs to the genus Poecilia. They are bright in color and are often mixed with other guppy fish, and are commonly found in fish pet shops in a tank all over the world. They are quite tiny in size and colorful in appearance, thus making them popular in a short period. There are many types of Endler guppy livebearer fishes found all around the globe in different fish pet shop tanks and aquariums.

What class of animal does an Endler guppy belong to?

Endler's guppy livebearers or Endler's livebearers belong to Actinopterygii, which includes all the ray-finned and bony fishes.

How many Endler guppies are there in the world?

Many Endler's livebearer fish are found worldwide and are among the most common freshwater fish species found in a tank in different fish pet shops and tanks. There are many types and species of Endler guppies, like the tiger Endler guppy, rainbow Endler guppy, black Endler guppy, blue Endler guppy, gold Endler guppy, red chest Endler guppy, red scarlet Endler guppy, cobra Endler guppy, and many more Endler guppy types. Endler guppy hybrid fish are found in shops with a fish pet tank and aquariums across the world also.

Where does an Endler guppy live?

Endler's guppies or Endler's livebearer fish are mainly found in South America, and they are known to be native to Paria Peninsula in Venezuela. In many cases, the species of Endler guppy crosses with other guppy species and is kept in tanks and aquariums worldwide under the right conditions.

What is an Endler guppy's habitat?

Endler's guppies are native to Venezuela and are found in brackish and greenish water separated from the sea. With time, saltwater lakes turned into freshwater lakes, making the Poecilia wingei adapt to freshwater. This adaption led to the Endler guppy evolution and made them freshwater fish. Under captive conditions like in a tank and aquarium, the Endler's guppy doesn't have many needs for tank and aquarium water conditions. They can be kept easily with little care and kept with the common guppy or guppy Poecilia fish.

Who do Endler guppies live with?

Endler guppies are usually found in small pairs and social groups of eight to nine. They are quite active, so you must keep them in four to five pairs in your aquarium or tank. These livebearer fish should not be kept alone. They are peaceful and harmless, and thus, you should always ensure that they have non-aggressive tank mates. It is essential to keep in mind that if common guppy fish are kept as tank mates with Endler guppies, they might mix and form an Endler guppy cross-breed in natural settings and in captive settings like tanks or aquariums.

How long does an Endler guppy live?

The expected lifespan of the Endler's livebearer species is around two to three years. When kept in a tank or aquarium, the lifespan can extend. The female Endler guppy is expected to live for lesser than a male Endler guppy. Most pregnant Endler guppy fish (females) die after giving birth to an Endler guppy fry, as giving birth is really painful for females to bear.

How do they reproduce?

Male Endler livebearers have special organs called gonopodium, through which each male injects a secretion into the female. This results in the fertilization of the eggs. The Endler fish eggs, once fertilized, grow inside the body of the female during the Endler guppy gestation period. They deliver the new offspring at the end of the gestation period.

The female can deliver new fry or offspring every 24 days. The female becomes fertile just two months after its birth. The female Endlers carry new offspring for 22-26 days. One can get more offspring from females if they increase the temperature of the tank or aquarium by two degrees. When Endlers are about to give birth, the female fish get large, showing an indication that they are about to give birth.

The new fry should be fed two to three times in the initial days. It would help if you then decreased the feeding frequency as they grow. When the male becomes actively colored, you should feed them once a day. In three to four weeks, the male will become an adult with vibrant colors, and the female will become an adult in two months. In six months, adult males become the brightest in terms of color.

What is their conservation status?

Endler's or Poecilia wingei fish are not under any conservation threat and are termed Least Concern fish species. However, their habitat is growing to be in danger because of the increasing human population and pollution. Their numbers are gradually decreasing; that could potentially be a concern for their species.

Endler Guppy Fun Facts

What do Endler guppies look like?

Females are plain and do not have bright colors on their bodies and fin. The male Poecilia wingei fish have vibrant colors. Females generally have gold and silver shades, different spots on their bodies, and are generally fatter than the male Endler fish. Males are much like a rainbow and have colors like orange, silver, black, purple, yellow, and blue. The male Poecilia wingei has unique patterns on its long tail and fins. Males Endler fish have unique color patterns on the tail that are different for every male wingei. Adult wingei males fish have a double sword-like tail and colorful fins.

Endle guppies are quite colorful in appearance and are really small in size.

How cute are they?

Endlers are known to be colorful, bright and be small in size. Males are more colorful with unique color schemes and patterns on their bodies, and hence they are considered more cute and beautiful than the females.

How do they communicate?

Endler's fish, like other guppies, communicate with each other through signs and behavioral patterns. They are quite peaceful and often swim on the surface of the fresh water in the wild. Under captive conditions, they float on the surface of the tank or aquarium. When nervous, upset, or ill, they often hide behind plants and algae inside the water bodies, both in their natural wild habitat or in a captive tank. During the breeding season, the male often chases females by wagging their fins for them. They like to stay on the surface of the water near plants.

How big is an Endler guppy?

In the Endler's wingei fish community, females are generally larger than males in both natural and captive tank settings. The female Endler fish can grow up to 1.8 in (4.5 cm) in size, and males can grow up to 1 in (2.5 cm) in size. The Endler livebearer size is almost the same as the size of the common guppies. The female Endler vs. female guppy size comparison also proves that this guppy community has similar sizing.

How fast can an Endler guppy swim?

Endler fish are freshwater fish that like slow-moving water in the wild. They are small in size. Thus moving too fast against the water current can be difficult for them. In the captive habitat like a tank, they generally move slow on the water surface in a peaceful manner and stay near water plants. Their exact speed, however, is not known.

How much does an Endler guppy weigh?

There is no information available about the average weight of the adult or fry of the Endler fish that is also known as an Endler's livebearer.

What are the male and female names of the species?

There is no such specific name for male and female Endlers. They both are referred to as male and female in general.

What would you call a baby Endler guppy?

A baby Endler fish is called a young fry. The breeding of the adults can be done in natural settings and in a captive tank setting with a proper diet and temperature.

What do they eat?

In the wild, the Endler's water fish diet generally includes foods like small worms, maggots, algae, small insects, plants. Their diet can include foods like flake foods, frozen food items, dry food, and frozen maxillopods in a captive tank. Feeding the Endler's fish is not that difficult. One must feed them their ideal food during the breeding season. The fry in the tank requires proper feeding two to three times a day. It would be best if you fed them with a mixed diet. Endler guppy food also includes various additives and artificial food so that they can breed properly.

Are they aggressive?

No, Endler's fish are quite peaceful and non-aggressive and are not at all dangerous. It is recommended that you keep them kept with non-aggressive tankmates to survive better and breed properly in tanks.

Would they make a good pet?

They are quite colorful and easy to keep. Like any other fish, they need to be kept in a tank with an ideal temperature and water condition. They are really easy to maintain. Even the fry are easy to maintain and can be kept in different tanks away from males after they are born. As Endlers are not that rare and can be crossed with other guppies, pure and native Endlers are rare to find. About 8-10 Endlers must be kept together.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

Did you know that the species of Endlers were first collected from Laguna de Bay, Venezuela? The species are named after John Endler, who rediscovered them in 1975. They were believed to be extinct before that.

If you were to compare Endler vs. guppy, you would notice that both guppy species are quite peaceful. The common differences between Endlers and a guppy are basically their body parts. Endlers have a tail that looks like two small fins, while a common guppy has a broad tail. Endlers are smaller in size than a guppy.

Should Endler guppies be kept with their young?

The fry should not be kept with male Endlers after they are born. You should remove the male from the tank or aquarium as soon as the breeding process is complete as they might eat their new offspring or fry.

How do Endler guppies fight malaria?

Endler's livebearers, in different parts of Asia, are known to fight malaria as they eat the larvae of mosquitoes that are responsible for malaria. Therefore, these livebearers keep the mosquitoes' population in check.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these Nile perch facts and John Dory facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Endler Guppy coloring pages.

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