Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Osphronemidae
(Gouramies) > Macropodusinae
Etymology: Betta: Siamese local name of the fish "ikan bettah". More on author: Kottelat.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; depth range 1 - ? m (Ref. 13093). Tropical, preferred ?
Asia: known only from Pulau Bintan and Pulau Singkep, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13093)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 27. Distinguished from Betta chloropharynx in the following characters: median black throat spot (vs. two rounded black marks); spotted opercle (vs. non-spotted); opercle with black lower margin (vs. yellow margin). Differs from Betta hipposideros in the following characters: median black throat (vs. horse-shoe shape mark); spotted opercle (vs. non-spotted); opercle with black lower margin (vs. yellow or brown); more postdorsal scales (mode 10 vs. 9 1/2). Can be differentiated from Betta renata in the following characters: black median spot (vs. kidney-shaped mark); absence of dorsal and caudal transverse bars (vs. presence); fewer subdorsal scales ( mode 5 1/2 vs. 6 1/2); fewer postdorsal scales (mode 10 vs. 12); more anal fin rays (mode 30 vs. 29); and more lateral scales (mode 32 vs. 31) (Ref. 56386).
Inhabits swamps as well as adjacent streams, usually in relatively shallow water about a meter or so in depth with dense vegetation growing along the banks and under shade.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ng, P.K.L. and M. Kottelat, 1994. Revision of the Betta waseri species group (Teleostei: Belontiidae). Raffles Bull. Zool. 42(3):593-611. (Ref. 13093)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .