Genetics of Bettas
"Pratt, Michael La Jolla
michael.pratt at pfizer.com
Tue Mar 26 12:37:44 EST 2002
I've been focusing on pigment cell biology in bettas for quite some
time. You can check out some pictures of fin tissue at
There ARE wild splendens in Thailand. Imbellis and splendens
should be the listed as subspecies of each other. It is thought that
B. smaragdina crossed to imbellis/splendens produced the original
plakat fighter and then futher fertile crossings gave us the pure
The fighting trait is not present in wild splendens, but I can assure
you that they do exist. Please let me know if you have further
questions, I have a small fish farm dedicated to betta breeding.
Talisman Zoological Sciences, Inc.
From: Michael Hirz [mailto:mjhirz at design54.com]
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2002 8:03 AM
To: zbrafish at net.bio.net
Subject: Genetics of Bettas
Hello, I was wondering if anyone is aware of any research going on
related to Betta Splendens or the Siamese fighting fish? I find it
very interesting, the fish does not occur in the wild, it is
considered domesticated. The predecessor is Betta imbellas which
still occurs in the wild.
If someone happens to know of anyone doing research, please let
me know, or point me in a direction.
mjhirz at design54.com
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