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siamese fighting fish on black background

siamese fighting fish on black background
According to Witte and Schmidt 1992, Betta splendens is native to Southeast Asia, adding the northern Malay Peninsula, significant and japanese Thailand, Kampuchea Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. Based on Vidthayanon 2013, a Thai ichthyologist and senior researcher of biodiversity at WWF Thailand, the species is endemic to Thailand, from the Mae Khlong to Chao Phraya basins, the eastern slope of the Cardamom mountains Cambodia, and from the Isthmus of Kra. Similarly, a report from Froese and Pauly 2019 identifies Betta splendens as native to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. They are also found across the neighbouring Malay Peninsula and in adjacent parts of Sumatra, likely due to human introduction. Wherever they’re found, Betta splendens generally inhabit shallow bodies of water with considerable flowers, adding marshes, floodplains, and paddy fields. The historic incidence of rice farming across Southeast Asia, which offered a terrific habitat for bettas, led to their discovery and subsequent domestication by humans.