Betta bellica 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Perciformes Osphronemidae

Scientific Name: Betta bellica Sauvage, 1884
Common Name(s):
English Slender Betta, Slim Betta, Striped Betta
Betta fasciata Regan, 1910
Taxonomic Source(s): Kottelat, M. 2013. The fishes of the inland waters of southeast Asia: a catalogue and core bibiography of the fishes known to occur in freshwaters, mangroves and estuaries. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement No. 27: 1-663.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2009
Date Assessed: 2007-03-01
Assessor(s): Jenkins, A., Kullander, F.F. & Tan, H.H.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Darwall, W., Ram, M. & Smith, K. (SRLI Freshwater Fish Evaluation Workshop)
Assessed as Least Concern due to its fairly large distribution and the lack of any known major widespread threats. Though peat swamps are threatened, B. bellica is able occupy other habitats, and establish new populations, even in polluted rivers, as shown in the Dominican Republic.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in Sumatra, and North Selangor, in east Malaysia.

B. bellica has also been introduced into the Dominican Republic. During hurricane 'David', B. bellica escaped, presumably from a tropical fish farm or a private aquarist, into the polluted waters of the Rio Ozama where they are now abundant.
Countries occurrence:
Indonesia; Malaysia
Dominican Republic
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Population [top]

Population:The species has a large global distribution, although it is not known if the population of B. bellica is increasing or decreasing.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:B. bellica is a benthopelagic species that has been found in dark-coloured acid ditch waters in disturbed forests, but the species is more common, and the specimens obtained are generally large in size, in the North Selangor blackwaters, (the peat swamp water habitat in Peninsular Malaysia), suggesting that it is the preferred habitat (Ng et al. 1994).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Peat swamp forests are a threatened habitat; many have been converted to paddy, pineapple or oil palm plantations, or developed for some other use (Ng et al. 1994).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures currently known to be in action at habitat or species level.

Citation: Jenkins, A., Kullander, F.F. & Tan, H.H. 2009. Betta bellica. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2009: e.T169526A6642714. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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