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Xiphophorus  Heckel, 1848
Taxonomic Serial No.: 165919

 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Synonym(s): Platypoecilus Günther, 1866
  Common Name(s): swordtails [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2004   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                   SuperclassActinopterygii  – ray-finned fishes, spiny rayed fishes, poisson épineux, poissons à nageoires rayonnées  
                            OrderCyprinodontiformes Berg, 1940 – cyprinodonts, cyprinodontiforms, cyprinodontes, killifishes  
                               SuborderCyprinodontoidei  – cyprinodontoids  
                                  FamilyPoeciliidae Garman, 1895 – livebearers, topminnows, poecilies, topotes y espadas, poeciliids, livebearing toothcarps  
                                     SubfamilyPoeciliinae Garman, 1895 – livebearers  
                                        GenusXiphophorus Heckel, 1848 – swordtails  
    Direct Children:  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus alvarezi Rosen, 1960 – Chiapas swordtail, espada de Comitán 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus andersi Meyer and Schartl, 1980 – espada del Atoyac, spiketail platyfish 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus birchmanni Lechner and Radda, 1987 – espada del Tempoal, sheepshead swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus clemenciae Alvarez, 1959 – Coatzacoalcos swordtail, espada de Clemencia 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus continens Rauchenberger, Kallman and Morizot, 1990 – espada de Quince, short-sword platyfish 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus cortezi Rosen, 1960 – delicate swordtail, espada fina 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus couchianus (Girard, 1859) – espada de Monterrey, Monterrey platyfish 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus evelynae Rosen, 1960 – espada del Necaxa, reticulate platyfish 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus gordoni Miller and Minckley, 1963 – Cuatro Cienegas platyfish, espada de Cuatro Ciénegas 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus hellerii Heckel, 1848 – cola de espada, green swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus kallmani Meyer and Schartl, 2003  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus kosszanderi Meyer and Wischnath, 1981  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus maculatus (Günther, 1866) – platy, southern platyfish, espada sureña 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus malinche Rauchenberger, Kallman and Morizot, 1990 – espada de Malinche, highland swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus mayae Meyer and Schartl, 2002  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus meyeri Schartl and Schröder, 1988 – espada de Múzquiz, marbled swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus milleri Rosen, 1960 – Catemaco platyfish, espada de Catemaco 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus montezumae Jordan and Snyder, 1899 – mexican swordfish, montezuma helleri, espada de Moctezuma, Moctezuma swordtail, Mexican swordfish, Montezuma helleri 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus multilineatus Rauchenberger, Kallman and Morizot, 1990  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus nezahualcoyotl Rauchenberger, Kallman and Morizot, 1990 – espada montañes, mountain swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus nigrensis Rosen, 1960 – espada pigmea El Abra, Panuco swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus pygmaeus Hubbs and Gordon, 1943 – dwarf helleri, dwarf swordtail, pygmy swordtail, espada pigmea delgada, dwarf helleri, dwarf swordtail 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus roseni Meyer and Wischnath, 1981  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus signum Rosen and Kallman, 1969  
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus variatus (Meek, 1904) – variable platyfish, variegated platy, espada de Valles 
                                           SpeciesXiphophorus xiphidium (Gordon, 1932) – swordtail platy, espada del Soto La Marina, swordtail platyfish, swordtail platy 

  Expert: Wayne C. Starnes   
  Notes: Research Curator of Fishes, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, Research Laboratory, 4301 Reedy Creek Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27607, USA   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Catalog of Fishes, 13-May-2004, website (version 10-May-04)  
  Acquired: 2004   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, A. L. Gardner, and W. C. Starnes   
  Publication Date: 2003   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: As-yet (2003) unpublished manuscript from 1998   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Eschmeyer, William N.   
  Publication Date: 1990   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Genera of Recent Fishes   
  Page(s): iii + 697   
  Publisher: California Academy of Sciences   
  Publication Place: San Francisco, CA, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-940228-23-8   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Eschmeyer, William N., ed.   
  Publication Date: 1998   
  Article/Chapter Title: Catalog of Fishes   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Special Publication of the Center for Biodiversity Research and Information, no. 1, vol 1-3   
  Page(s): 2905   
  Publisher: California Academy of Sciences   
  Publication Place: San Francisco, California, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-940228-47-5   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Ghedotti, Michael J.   
  Publication Date: 1999   
  Article/Chapter Title: Phylogenetic analysis and taxonomy of the poecilioid fishes (Teleostei: Cyprinodontiformes)   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 130, no. 1   
  Page(s): 1-53   
  Publisher: The Linnean Society of London   
  Publication Place: London, England   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Nelson, Joseph S.   
  Publication Date: 1994   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Fishes of the World, Third Edition   
  Page(s): xvii + 600   
  Publisher: John Wiley and Sons   
  Publication Place: New York, New York, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-471-54713-1   
  Reference for: Xiphophorus   

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