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siamese fighting fish battle

siamese fighting fish battle
In 1909, British ichthyologist Charles Tate Regan found there was a related species already named Macropodus pugnax, and thus renamed the domesticated Siamese fighting fish, Betta splendens, or “appropriate fighter”. Betta splendens first entered the Western aquarium trade in the late 19th century; the earliest known arrival is 1874 in France, when French aquaria expert and ichthyologist Pierre Carbonnier began importing and breeding several specimens. In 1896, German tropical fish expert Paul Matte introduced the first specimens into Germany from Moscow, definitely from the stress constructed by Carbonnier. This indicates bettas were already a little bit based in France and Russia by the turn of the twentieth century. Fighting fish were also latest in Australia by 1904, based on a piece of writing written by British born zoologist Edgar Ravenswood Waite and published by the Australian Museum in Sydney. Waite indicates that Australian specimens were introduced from Penang, Malaysia, near the border with Thailand.