Topic: Fish Query
Can I ask a question please: - I notice that the UKSI has an entry for Guppy (Poecilia reticulata Peters, 1859) and it makes me wonder whether some records I have from 1964 are considered to be valid records or not. Back then there was a stretch of canal in St. Helens (Merseyside) known locally as the "hotties". This stretch of canal ran by the Pilkington Glass factory and water was pumped from the canal to cool areas in the glass making process and then back out into the canal.
A local aquarium shop went out of business and the proprietor emptied all his tanks into the canal. Many of the fish bred and very successfully too, these included Guppies, Platies, Sword-tails, American Flag Fish and Angel Fish - all of which I used to catch and sell to a Pet Shop in Widnes. I am sure other species bred there too but these were the species I caught myself.
So, my question is: would you consider adding these other species to sit along with the Guppy so that I could record them in Recorder-6 and other databases using the NBN webservices species database ??
American Flag Fish (Jordanella floridae, Goode & T. H. Bean, 1879)
Swordtail (Xiphophorus hellerii, Heckel, 1848)
Platy (Xiphophorus maculatus, (Günther, 1866))
Angel Fish (Pterophyllum altum, Pellegrin, 1903)
Since that time, Pilkingtons stopped using the canal as coolant water and the fish petered out.
I would be grateful for any comments you might make.
Cheers and thanks.