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Betta or Siamese Fighting Fish

Featured “Best Choice” Pet

Bettas, also known as Siamese Fighting Fish, are small (up to 3 inches long) rather plain-colored fish native to the Mekong River basin in Thailand and Cambodia. They feature a unique organ (the labyrinth) that enables them to breathe atmospheric oxygen and thus to live in very low-oxygen waters… Learn More

Source Sustainability

Does the harvest for wildlife trade or captive breeding of this species harm wild populations?

Little Cause for Concern

  • Individuals in the pet trade are almost exclusively captive-bred

Invasion Threat

Does the release or escape of this species into the wild harm the environment and/or economy?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Established a wild population in Florida

Animal Welfare

Does harvest, captive breeding, transport, or being kept as a pet harm individual animals?

Little Cause for Concern

  • Relatively easy to maintain in captivity

Health Threat

Does this animal pose a health risk to native wildlife, humans, livestock and agriculture?

Some Cause for Concern

  • Can carry bacteria that affect humans and other fish
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