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Betta burdigala
Kottelat & Ng 1994

Betta burdigala male
Betta burdigala male
Photo by Michael Schlüter [2]

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Keeping Betta burdigala from an Aquarist View


Betta burdigala can be housed in pairs, species tanks, and community tanks.  Pairs can be housed in a 5 gallon tank, groups should be housed in a 20 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 burdigala comes from blackwater environments and should have soft acidic water that is well filtered.  They should be kept at mid 70s F.


Females have an egg tube.  Females ovaries might be visible via spotlighting. Males may be more intensely colored.


Burdigala is a submerged bubblenester so large leafed plants or black plastic film canisters are best for giving them a place to nest. 

Similar Species Similar species would be all coccina complex members.  
Identification Burdigala males have bright green sides when colored up and a large dorsal fin.  Females tend to be a bland red with egg tube. 

Articles on Betta burdigala

Betta cf. burdigala ‘Kubu’  Stefan vd. Voort.  2002. 

Betta burdigala Yohan Fernando.

Articles on related species

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

Working with wild Bettas Gerald Griffin.  Flare! 2006

Original Citation Kottelat, M. and Ng, P. K. L. 1994. [56]

Kottelat, M. and A.J. Whitten, 1996. [114]
Baensch, H.A. and R. Riehl, 1997. [27]
Hilton-Taylor, C., 2000.[48]
Fernando, Yohan. [42]
vd. Voort, Stefan, 2002. [134]

Type Locality 4 km north of Bikang village on road from Koba to Toboali, Bangka [Banka], Indonesia.
Holotype ZRC 35162
Paratype CMK 9597 (2), ZRC 35163-64 (2)
Countries Indonesia
Miscellaneous Information Max Size: 2.52 cm SL
General Notes: A blackspot is not on the body side. Betta chloropharynx and Betta simorum inhabited the same area where Betta burdigala was collected. [6]
Biotope: Occurs in peat swamp along the road and in secondary forest. Betta burdigala was collected around southern Toboali of Bangka Island. Its habitat is in the woods of the lowland peat swamp area. It was usually collected at about 5 cm. depth. [6]
Locality: Bangka island [6]
Water quality: pH 4.5/GH0-1/KH0-1/TDS10/ brown water [6]
Water temp: 27.1 [6]
Etymology: Burgundy red: in reference to its color.
Status: This species is on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable (D2).

Last modification submitted by Gerald Griffin 04.19.08 (mm.dd.yy)

Betta channoides female Betta burdigala Betta burdigala
Betta burdigala female
Photo by Michael Schlüter [2]
Betta burdigala
Photo by Peter Wellner [14]
Betta burdigala
Photo by Peter Wellner [14]
Betta burdigala 'Kubu' Male
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
Betta burdigala 'Kubu' Male
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
Betta burdigala 'Kubu' Female
Photo by Eric Naus [1]
Betta burdigala
Photo by Eric Naus [1]

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