Betta livida, Ng & Kottelat, 1992
Origin:Malaysia, Malakka, Selangor.
First European import:
Description:See picture, the males have a spot like B. Brownorum, but the iridescence is not limited to the spot alone like in B. Brownorum. In some forms the females also show the spot, although smaller.
Care: See B. coccina.
Temperature: 22-26 degrees.
Feeding: Small live food.
Size: 5 cm.
Sexual dimorphism:Not hard to notice, in the breeding season the male is more colorfull with more iridescence on the body, in the picture above the female(front) doesn't show a spot, and the male does, although some females also show a spot(usually smaller). Males furthermore have a clearly elongated anal fin, which can even be observed in juveniles and in normal coloration as can be observed in the second picture.
Additional:Debatable species, B. livida could turn out to be a synonym or a subspecies of B. brownorum.
Picture references:Picture 1: Klaus Weissenberg. Picture 2: Andrew Smith.
References: Schäfer, F.(1997): Aqualog-all Labyrinths.
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