VIDEO – Wild-type Variatus Platies, In Situ, But Where?
11 Nov, 2022
Every once in a while AMAZONAS staff stumbles across a video that stops us in our tracks. This week, for me, it’s 5 minutes of in-situ, underwater footage showing the male polymorphism of Xiphophorus variatus, with dominant males sporting either yellow or red tails. These wild-type Variatus Platies or “Platyfish” are remarkable & highly attractive.
A mysterious locale…
However, It’s unclear whether this footage, at a location called “SKHC”, documents a native population located in the Americas, or a feral/introduced population in Hong Kong, as some of the comments suggest.
The video was uploaded back in 2010 by Xiphophorus.net, which sadly appears to no longer exist. Thanks to the amazing project of the Wayback Machine (a.k.a. Archive.org), nothing on the Internet is usually lost. So, you can still head over and sift the archives of Xiphophrus.net over there! (and maybe kick in some financial support for Archive.org if you appreciate what they do!) Of note, I did manage to uncover this beautiful image of these fish that had been preserved in the Archive.
Sadly I couldn’t find any more info on the “location” of “SKHC” even when I managed to dig into the source. Meanwhile, the Internet thinks SKHC is somewhere in Colombia…
There may be clues…
If you pay close attention, you’ll catch glimpses of other fish species in this video. The male Swordtail is rather obvious, but the others are blurry at best.
Perhaps you’re the AMAZONAS reader who can help us unravel this mysterious location with definitive certainty? Think you can help? Check out these screen captures, watch the video, and share your thoughts!
WATCH Xiphophorus variatus ‘SKHC’ 2010, NOW!