The southern platyfish is a member of the livebearer family. It has a short, moderately deep body, and the teeth in both jaws are conical and in a single series. Body coloration is variable, but is typically olive-brown with black spots or blotches, but no stripes. There is a large black spot or crescent-shaped blotch. Southern platyfish can be found in creeks and ditches with sluggish water, silty mud substrates and aquatic vegetation.
Status & distribution
- Status — Non-indigenous freshwater
- Florida Distribution — Peninsula drainages
River Drainages — Tampa Bay, the Everglades and the Indian RiverView species in collection database New gallery search