Fish Species

Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)

Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) - Description

The Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) is known as the "pla kat" in Thailand which translates to biting or tearing Fish. This fish is known as the  "Jewel of the Orient" due to its flowing fins and beautiful coloring. 

As its name suggests, the Siamese Fighting fish is an aggressive fish. It is recommended that this fish is kept on its own as they will even act aggressively towards their own reflection in the aquarium glass!

Popular Name: Siamese or Thai Fighting Fish

Profile of the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Siamese Fighting Fish species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 24 -30 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding:  Mosquito Larvae, Bloodworms, Brine Shrimp, Daphnia

  • Temperament: Aggressive and will fight to the death!

  • Habitat: Freshwater Rice Paddies of Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia

  • Behaviour: The males tend to be more aggressive

  • Range: Asia, Mekong Basin

Scientific Classification of the Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Betta splendens

  • Popular Name: Siamese Fighting Fish - Betta - Thai Fighting Fish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Osphronemidae

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Facts about Fish Species - Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.

A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.


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