|Scientific Name:||Betta bellica|
|Species Authority:||Sauvage, 1884|
Betta fasciata Regan, 1910
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Least Concern ver 3.1|
|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.
|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.
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|Population:||The species has a large global distribution, although it is not known if the population of B. bellica is increasing or decreasing.|
|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).|
|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:||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. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 October 2014.|
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