Betta pinguis
Tan & Kottelat, 1998

Betta pinguis
Photo by TEAM BORNEO [6]

Keeping Betta pinguis from an Aquarist View


Betta pinguis can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 10 gallon tank, groups should be housed in a 55 gallon tank or larger.  Pairs should be given cover such as caves and plants.  In a pair or species situation it is possible that fry could be discovered in the tanks.

Water Conditions

Betta pinguis should have soft acidic water that is well filtered.  They should be kept at mid 70s F.


Males are more intensely colored.  Males also have pointed dorsal and anal fins whereas females are rounder.


Pinguis is a paternal mouthbrooder.

Similar Species Similar species would be all akarensis complex members.
Identification Identification is based upon the face stripes.

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Original Citation Tan, H. H. and Kottelat, M. 1998. [102]
Type Locality Sungai Letang near Kampung Kandung Suli (Kecamatan Jongkong), Kapuas basin, Kalimantan Barat, Borneo
Holotype MZB 5936
Paratype CMK 11592 (1)
ZRC 39629 (1)
Where Found Country: Indonesia
Known Occurrences: Indonesia: Kalimantan Barat: Kapuas basin, Sungai Letang, near Kampung Kandung Suli (Kecamatan Jongkong)
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 7.91 cm SL
Differentiation from similar species: Fewer total anal rays than B. balunga (28-29 vs. 30). More lateral scales than B. balunga and B. chini (31 1/2-32 1/2 vs. 29-31). More lateral scales below dorsal-fin origin (18-19, vs. 15-18). Greater total length than B. balunga and B. chini (145.5-153.5% SL, vs. 132.8-144.6). Shorter head length than B. balunga (31.3-31.7% SL vs. 32.6-35.5). Deeper body depth at dorsal-fin origin than B. akarensis and B. chini (30.6-31.6% SL vs. 25.1-30.9). Shorter preanal length than B. balunga (44.7-46.3% SL vs. 49.2-52.2). It has the most pigmented opercle pattern with a darkly pigmented opercle distal edge and many spots (more than 7 vs. 5 or less, or stripes). [102]
Locality: Kapuas river basin. [6]

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