SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH or BETTA FISH (Betta splendens)
- The Siamese fighting fish, also known as the betta (particularly in the US) and simply as the fighter, is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish.
- The name of the genus is derived from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Thailand (Siam).
- The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, peninsular Malaysia and Cambodia and are called pla-kad or trey krem (“fighting fish”) in Thai.
- B. splendens usually grow to an overall length of about 5 cm , though some varieties reach 5-8 inches in length.
- Although known for their brilliant colors and large, flowing fins, the natural coloration of B. splendens is a dull green and brown, and the fins of wild specimens are relatively short.
- Brilliantly colored and longer finned varieties (i.e. Veiltail; Delta; Superdelta; and Halfmoon) have been developed through selective breeding.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_fighting_fish
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