The History of the Guppy. Who discovered guppies?

If you are going to remain as a standard guppy enthusiast and just enjoy your fish, you can skip the article;

However, if you are serious about guppy breeding and later selling and business aspects,

then you want to portray yourself as one that is knowledgeable in the species.

In order to do that you really should know the history of the guppy.

Who discovered the guppy fish?

As per data, In 1866 a gentleman named John Guppy sent the first guppy to London, collected from streams of trinidad.

They named it, as Girardinus guppii in his honour by Albert C. L. G. Günther.

However, the further discoveries shows that fish already have descriptive records in America.

Why are guppies called guppies?

In honour of Mr Guppy, the small fish was named after him and this is how this species first got its name.

The consensus is, however, that even though that Mr Guppy has been given the credit for discovering this fish known as the wild guppy that this was not actually true.

What does Guppy mean?

  1. A Spaniard named De Filippi was the first one to discover a wild guppy,

In Barbados Island in 1862 and at the time of his discovery, he named it the Lebistes Poeciliodes.

2. During 1857 to 1858 a discovery made by a German individual Julius Gollmer concerning the wild guppy,

because of a filing error and no record keeping of that time, he did not get the credit for this.

Though the fish got attention in Imperial Persian Academy of Science in Berlin, it didn’t create any excitement.

3. The fish remained in specimen jars at this location until 1859 it got its first scientific description.

4. Then in 1866 the males guppy sent by Gomer to Berlin came into light and named as Gitandinus Guppy.

Over time the guppy was to various museums and got 11 different scientific names.

5. later it was discovered that these were not new species of the guppy but different strains.

Where did guppies come from?

Guppies or (Poecilia reticulata) are small tropical fish, whose origins are native to the coastal streams of northeast South America

The hobby guppy

Looking back in history it shows that the first live Guppies ended up in Germany in December 1908.

A gentleman named Carl Siggelkow imported them to Hamburg germany,

On arrival at the german docks they spray various chemicals on guppies to prevent spread of disease.

While doing this many of the guppies died off but some survived and were able to breed.

Why are guppies called million fish?

Guppies are well known for their reproductive qualities and breeding rates so, dubbed with the nickname of Million fish.

You may also hear the guppy referred to as the Missionary fish, why we call it a million fish?

The reason is it encourages many people to become guppy enthusiasts creating a hobby for them.

The first common strain amongst the guppy hobbyist was the swordtail.

The swordtail is found in the wild but the double sword tail is not and it is believed that this strain was developed in 1928.

The first veil tail guppy was the first show guppy to be shown in Germany in 1954.

It received a great deal of attention, From here the hobby of show guppies continued to grow.

Guppy Fish Discovery Timeline

  1. In 1969 discovery of livebears
  2. In 1859 German ichthyologist Dr. Wilgelm karl hartvig peters described the first guppy from fish collection received from Venezuela.
  3. Dr Peters called the fish Poecilia reticulata
  4. In 1861 Italian ichthyologist Dr Philippi found these fish from the collection of fishes received from Barbados. he called them as lebistes poecilia
  5. In 1866 English School Superintendent Robert john Lechmere guppy sent few fishes from st. anna river of Trinidad to British museum
  6. The Head of the British museum mistakenly considered my guppy as a pioneer of this fish and called Girardinus guppyi (guppy)
  7. 1908 german importer of fishes K Segelkov. received guppy to Europe
  8. 1909 captain D. Wippan first breeding guppies received in Europe.
  9. 1909 guppies first time in Russia
  10. 1911 Administration of British museum called guppy as lebistes reticulatus.
  11. 1963 ichthyologist D. rowzn and R. beylli called guppy as Poecilia reticulata peters 1859

Some FAQ’S

When did guppies evolve?

Between 3700 and 45,000 darwins they are supposed to evolve

Can female guppies turn into males?

Yes, Guppies can change gender and not just males into females, even females can starts developing color and form a gonopodium.

Can guppies recognize their owners?

Yes, they do recognize they owners and their surrounding and comes near the tank wall when the owner approches

What is the rarest Guppy?

Snakeskin class Guppies are among the most rare offspring. A solid blue tailed fish carrying the snakeskin genetic trait, and a rosette pattern is the rarest fish.

What are black guppies called?

They can called as Tuxedo Guppies, Their tails and dorsal fins are black in color as similar to Half Black color morphs.

Is Guppy a mammal or fish?

Guppies have gills like any other fish so they not mammals. Unlike mammals which have 4 compartments in heart guppy fish have only 2 called as auricle and ventricle.

What is the rarest Guppy color?

1) Snakeskin with Solid Blue Tail and dorsal is the first rarest guppy
2) Yellow guppy having gold with gun metal head traits is the second rarest guppy
3) Galaxy Blue Glass guppy or the blue variegated cobra is the third rarest guppy

Which is the most expensive Guppy?

The purple Moscow guppy is most expensive guppy fish in the world because of the rare strain it exibits.

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