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post #11 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-22-2012, 09:25 PM
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Is this not just Betta mahachai? They can live in brackish water and I have read from a few owners of them, that they prefer a bit of salt in their aquarium.

Last I heard most of their habitat had been turned into salt pans or something so they are nearly or are extinct in the wild.

Don't know why they are saying they are a new species if it is indeed Betta mahachai as they have been around for a while now. And I am pretty sure they can hybridise with anything in the splendens complex of bettas. Just not any of the other complexes.

Hybridisation is one of the factors that is threatening the purity of the true wild Betta splendens.


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There critically endangered but found in aquariums.
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Yes question is how did they get there.
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I did not see where it said they could not interbreed? They probably don't in the wild, but they might in captivity. A lot of species that physically CAN interbreed do not in the wild.
I might be mistaken for that assumption then. Last year in Biology, we learned that members of different species usually cannot interbreed. I just assumed; sorry for the confusion.
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It might be possible with todays tech.
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With bettas you have several different related species that fall under the one complex. I'm not sure with other complexes, but it is possible for species in the splendens complex to interbreed.


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Like domestic bettas are B.Splendens, B.Imbellis, B.Smarginia and possibly B.Pugnax.
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