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Betta livida
Betta livida, Ng & Kottelat, 1992



 

Origin:Malaysia, Malakka, Selangor.

Etymology: Livida=

Synonyms:None

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. Betta livida

Feeding: Small live food.

Size: 5 cm.

pH: 5.0-6.0

Breeding:d

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.

Prices:Europe 10-12€.

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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