Betta falx  Tan & Kottelat, 1998

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Osphronemidae (Gouramies) > Macropodusinae
Etymology: Betta: Siamese local name of the fish "ikan bettah".   More on author: Kottelat.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 3.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 38481)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 1 - 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 19 - 21. This species is closely related to Betta picta from Java where it can be distinguished in the following characters: fewer dorsal fin rays (mode 8 vs. 9); fewer lateral scales (mode 27 vs. 28); dorsal fin origin above 11-12th lateral scale (vs. 12-14th); anal fin origin below modal 6th lateral scale (vs. 7th); fewer predorsal scales (mode 19 vs. 20); slightly greater anal-fin base length (46.5-50.3% SL vs. 42.6-48.4); anal and caudal fins with reddish distal band in live male (vs. bluish); iridescent greenish-blue opercle scales (vs. yellow-gold); in preserved specimens, male with distinct dorsal transverse bars (vs. faint); male with distinct dark anal distal margin wide (vs. narrow); male without elongated median caudal fin rays (vs. presence); female with distinct caudal transverse bars (vs. very faint or absent); dorsal head view narrow (vs. broad); thick preorbital black stripe (vs. narrow); and the distance between posterior part of anal fin to lower part of caudal narrow (vs. wide) (Ref. 56386).

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Asia: central Sumatra, Indonesia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Typically found among submerged bank vegetation, in near stagnant waters, with pH 4.7-6.8. Latin word falx means scythe, alluding to the continuous curved shape of the broad anal and caudal distal margins of a male in display. Caudal fin rounded.

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Tan, H.H. and M. Kottelat, 1998. Redescription of Betta picta (Teleostei: Osphronemidae) and description of B. falx sp. n. from central Sumatra. Rev. Suisse Zool. 105(3):557-568. (Ref. 38481)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.