There are so many different types of guppies that I just can’t help but try to name them all for you! I’ll take you through the different guppy types by their species, colors, patterns, and tail types. Oh, you can buy these at different online fish stores too!
There are three main species of guppies. They are:
- Micropoecilia picta
- Poecilia reticulata
- Poecilia wingei
These species of guppy go by many names. So you might know them as scarlet livebearer, swamp guppy, or the painted guppy.
They live in the mildly brackish water marshes, swamps, drainage ditches, and canals of their range where they primarily feed on mosquito larvae, small crustaceans, algae, and plant foods.
These types of guppies are the most popular. They are also called fancy guppies, rainbow fish, or million fish.
The guppy, also known as millionfish and rainbow fish, is one of the world’s most widely distributed tropical fish, and one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish species. It is a member of the family Poeciliidae and, like almost all American members of the family, is live-bearing.Poecilia reticulata – Wikipedia
Did you know: Guppies have been deliberately set free in Asian waters to fight the spread of malaria. It’s a smart and effective tactic!
The rarest guppy types are the Poecilia wingei species. They were first discovered in 1937 in the South American country, Venezuela.
Poecilia wingei, known to aquarists as Endlers or Endler’s livebearer, in the genus Poecilia, is a small fish native to the Paria Peninsula in Venezuela. They are proficient breeders and often hybridize with guppies.Poecilia wingei – Wikipedia
Did you know: There are so many different types of guppies that it’s difficult to list them all, and breeders are constantly working to create new varieties all the time.
Guppies get along well with other fish so they can share a tank with other non-violent marine animals. Though, I’m not sure if I’d throw them in a tank with my pet octopus.
Types of Guppies
Let’s get down to all the beautiful and eye-catching colors of the different types of guppies. This is mainly a picture guide with a few videos and some descriptions.
Black guppies are mostly black in color. However, the larger the guppy fish, the more there’s a chance that there’d be some color variation. For example, in the tail or closer to the head. Overall, though, the main color is black.
From sky blue to dark blue, blue guppies stand out with their varying tints of blue highlights.
Green guppies are a rare color of guppy and, when you do come by a green guppy, the price is usually on the expensive end.
The purple body guppy has at least part of the body purple as well as the fins and the tails.
Red guppies come in varying shades of red. From red tail to red-gold to albino, the red guppy is truly beautiful in all its variations.
Another rare color for guppies is yellow. So, if you do see a yellow guppy then you are one of the lucky few.
Albino guppies are all white or devoid of color. However, they can have slight tints of other colors on parts of the body. There are also albino guppies that are all red or yellow. Some people call them red eye guppies because their eyes are normally red.
Cobra guppies have vertical patterns and rosettes on their bodies. Here are a few examples of different kinds of cobra guppies.
Green Cobra Guppy
The Green Cobra Guppy is one of the most popular color variations and tends to grow larger than other colors with a bold green, yellow, and black marbled tail.Green Cobra Guppy (Pair) | AquariumFishSale.com
Blue Cobra Guppy
Red Cobra Guppy
Violet Cobra Guppy
Black Cobra Guppy
Snakeskin guppies have a vertical pattern over their body. The fish itself can be any color but the snake-like pattern remains no matter the color of the fish.
Tuxedo Guppies have two shades (colors). The upper body is usually a lighter color while the back (second-half) of the body is a darker color. Think of a tuxedo. The white underneath up top and the black pants (bottom). Some tuxedo guppy look like that.
Leopard Tail Guppy
Grass Tail Guppy
Grass tail guppies look similar to leopard tails but you can tell the difference by the tiny dots on the tail of the grass tail guppy which resemble grass seeds.
Lace Tail Guppy
Lace tail guppies have a web-like pattern on their tails. Most snakeskin guppies are also lace tail guppies as well.
Mosaic Tail Guppy
Mosaic tail guppies have irregular patterns on their tails. Several patterns intertwine and connect to each other to form a unique pattern much like a mosaic.
Fantail guppies are known as fancy tail guppies get their name because their tails are shaped like fans.
Delta/Triangle Tail Guppy
Triangle tail guppies have a tail that’s shaped like a triangle. When the tail fully extends it can reach an angle up to 70 degrees.
Veil Tail Guppy
Veil tail guppies tails are shaped like an isosceles triangle. This means that the tail spans up to a 45-degree angle.
Flag Tail Guppy
Flagtail guppies have rectangle shaped bodies and tails that resemble a flag when they swim.
Lyretail guppies have tails that are a mix between swordtail and delta tail guppies. Though the tail may look like two separate swords they actually connect if you look closely.
Fire Tail Guppy
At the edge of the fire tail guppy’s tail is a reddish color. This is where it gets its name from.
Pin/Needle Tail Guppy
Pintail or needle tail guppies have tails where both of their dorsal and caudal fins have a sharp needle tip-like.
Spear Tail Guppy
These types of guppies have tails that are shaped like the tip of a spear, hence the name.
One of the most unique types of guppy fish is the swordtail guppy. These fish have long pointed tails that look like a sword. They are often times liked to swordfish.
Round Tail Guppy
These type of guppy have a rounded tail shape.