Betta spilotogena
Ng & Kottelat 1994

Keeping Betta renata from an Aquarist View


Betta spilotogena can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 20 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 spilotogena 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.


Spilotogena is a paternal mouthbrooder.

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

Articles on Betta spilotogena

Big, Yellow Mouthbrooders Stefan vd. Voort.  2003.

Articles on related species

I’ve Got a New Mouthbrooding Betta – Now What? Michael Hellweg. 2003.

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

My Attempts at Spawning Betta pi  Gerald Griffin.   Flare! 2006.

Original Citation Ng, P. K. L. and Kottelat, M. 1994. [70]
References Kottelat, M. and A.J. Whitten, 1996. [114] Hilton-Taylor, C., 2000. [48] Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2002. [126]
Type Locality N. Pulau Bintan, from small stream, Riau Archipelago, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Holotype ZRC 35417
Paratype CMK 10021 (2)
MZB (3)
ZRC 34748 (1), 34783 (1), 35418-20 (3), 35421-31 (11)
Where Found Countries: Indonesia
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 6.97 cm SL
Depth range: 1 m
Biotope: Inhabits swamps as well as adjacent streams, usually in relatively shallow water about a meter or so in depth with dense vegetation growing along the banks and under shade. [126]
Etymology: In reference to the black spots on the gill plates.
Conservation Status: This species is on the IUCN Red List as Critically Endangered (CR A2c).

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