Morphology Data of Betta schalleri
Identification keys
Main Ref. Kottelat, M. and P.K.L. Ng, 1994
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral fusiform / normal
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Distinguished from other members from Sumatra, Indonesia in the following characters: more anal fin rays (27 vs. 23-25); more dorsal fin rays than Betta cracens and Betta fusca (10-11 vs. 8-9); more subdorsal scales than Betta cracens and B. fusca (6 1/2-7 vs. 5 1/2-6); more lateral scales than B. fusca (31 vs. 29); fewer lateral scales than Betta cracens (31 vs. 32-33); fewer predorsal scales than Betta cracens, Betta fusca and Betta raja (17-19 vs. 20-24); greater head length than Betta pugnax, Betta cracens and Betta fusca (35-.5-36.5% SL vs. 27.5-35.2); smaller predorsal length than Betta fusca (62.7-66.3% SL vs. 68.5-70.2); greater preanal length than Betta cracens (47.8-50.9% SL vs. 42.0-46.1); greater body depth than Betta cracens (26.7-27.6% SL vs. 21.2-24.2); greater dorsal fin base length than Betta cracens (12.4-13.9% SL vs. 10.5-11.6); smaller anal fin base length than Betta cracens (50.4-52.0% SL vs. 53.4-55.7); greater orbital diameter than Betta cracens and Betta fusca (61-76% postorbital length vs. 47-58) (Ref. 56386).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Betta schalleri

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 2 - 2
Soft-rays total 8 - 9
Adipose fin

Caudal fin


Anal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Spines total 2 - 4
Soft-rays total 23 - 25

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   12 - 13
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     1
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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