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Betta gladiator  Tan & Ng, 2005

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Osphronemidae (Gouramies) > Macropodusinae
Etymology: Betta: Siamese local name of the fish "ikan bettah";  gladiator: From the Latin gladiator, meaning warrior or fighter, alluding to the aggressive behaviour of the species.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 4.2 - 4.8.   Tropical, preferred ?

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Asia: Maliau basin in Sabah, Malaysia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56613)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-9; Anal spines: 1-2; Anal soft rays: 27 - 30; Vertebrae: 33 - 34. Absence of anal-fin base sheath scales; absence of dorsal-fin spine; body yellowish brown, opercle bluish; caudal fin plain brown; vertebrae 33-34; anal-fin rays 28-31 (mode 30); dorsal-fin rays 7-9 (mode 8); pectoral-fin rays 16-17 (mode 17); subdorsal scales 5-6 1/2 (mode 6); lateral scales 34-36 (mode 35); predorsal scales 24-27 (mode 26); predorsal length 68.0-72.8% SL; head length 28.5-31.3% SL; length of anal-fin base 48.1-52.8% SL; length of dorsal-fin base 7.3-11.4% SL; lower jaw length 28.3-38.3% HL (Ref. 56613).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

This is an aggressive and territorial species which inhabits heath forest with acidic water. Single adults stay about one meter apart, usually together with a small number of juveniles. Individuals kept in captivity continuously fight and have to be kept separately, otherwise they would have killed each other (Ref. 56613).

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Tan, H.H. and P.K.L. Ng, 2005. The fighting fishes (Teleostei: Osphronemidae: Genus Betta) of Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Raffles Bull. Zool. Supplement (13):43-99. (Ref. 56613)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 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):  3.2   ±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) .