Betta bellica Sauvage, 1884
Slim betta
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Family:  Osphronemidae (Gouramies), subfamily: Macropodusinae
Max. size:  10 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater; pH range: 6.5 - 7.5; dH range: 15
Distribution:  Asia: Indonesia and Malaysia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 1-2; Anal soft rays: 29-31; Vertebrae: 32-33. Anal fin ray mode 31; dorsal fin ray mode 12; lateral line scale mode 33; postdorsal scale mode 8; pelvic fin length 23.6-38.8% SL; reaching end of 8th anal ray; pelvic fin flange ending halfway pelvic filament; non-overlap of adpressed pelvic fin branched rays with anal fin origin; and less sloping lateral head profile (Ref. 56386).
Biology:  Usually occurs in peat swamps. Also found in swamp forest habitats (Ref. 56613). A bubble nest builder (Ref. 56613).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 17 January 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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