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Betta pallifina, Tan & Ng, 2005
No common name known



Origin: Indonesia, Borneo, upper Barito river

Etymology: Unknown

Synonyms: None

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Perciformes Family: Osphronemidae, subfamily:

Description: Very similar to Betta unimaculata and Betta ocellata, it belongs to the same group. Fishbase reports the following differences:

Differs from the other members of the Betta unimaculata group by the following combination of characters: hyaline subdistal band on anal and caudal fins of female; lanceolate caudal fin in adults; body brownish; lower half of caudal fin with dark distal edge; vertebrae 31-33 (mode 32); anal-fin rays 27-32 (mode 30); dorsal-fin rays 7-9 (mode 8); pectoral fin rays 11-14 (mode 13); subdorsal scales 5 - 6 1/2 (mode 6): lateral scales 32-34 (mode 33); predorsal scales 21-26 (mode 23); predorsal length 64.6-69.4% SL; head length 26.8-33.4% SL; length of anal-fin base 47.4-57.7% SL; length of dorsal-fin base 9.3-12.5% SL; lower jaw length 30.6-39.6% HL

Care: These fish have no particlar preference for watervalues. Large aquaria starting from 20 gallons are necessary, and they should be covered well. Caves and some plants, especially floating plants are highly appreaciated.

Temperature: 23 - 27°C

Feeding: Omnivorous, all general available food is accepted, although they prefer live food.

Size: Up to 10 cm

pH: 6.0-7.0 dH: 5.0 - 16.0

Breeding: Easy, when kept in ppairs the fish breed easily. Regular waterchanges and some hideouts for the male are usually enough to get the fish to breed. Sometimes a period of no food may trigger the male to start breeding. Fry are released after 14 days and the parents do not eat the fry.

Sexual dimorphism:Males much more colorful and larger

Prices: 15-20€

Additional: Recently described species

Picture references: Picture 1: Public domain

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

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