Guppy Guy Posted January 25, 2022 Share Posted January 25, 2022 Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod is easily my favorite author. I recently got one of his older books, “Tropical Fish as a Hobby, A Guide to Selection, Care and Breeding”, and there is a chapter on how the guppy got its name. It really is a fascinating story. My question is this: In the book, it refers to the guppy as “Lebistes reticulatus”, though I know that the current name is “Poecilia reticulata”. The book says that the guppy was originally named “P. reticulata”, but later changed to “L. reticulatus”. As this book is a bit outdated(though the information is wonderful!), 1969 to be exact, when was the guppy renamed to “P. reticulata”? In case you were wondering, “Poecilia” means “little variegated fish”, and “reticulata” means reticulated or netted. Also, the name “Guppy” comes from the guppy’s third discoverer, Girardinua Guppii. I’m sure you can see “Guppy” in his name. Here is the book. If you can find it, it is a fabulous book, and this isn’t close to the entire story of the guppies name. Here is a picture of the book: 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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