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Do You Know that First Name of Betta Splendens is Macropodus Pugnax?

Submitted by on 1 July 2010 – 07:29

According to historical accounts, a close friend of the King of Siam (Thailand’s King on ancient), Dr. Theodore Cantor received a pair of breeding Bettas from the king in 1840.   The doctor bred them and studied them for several years, and then wrote a scientific paper about them, giving them a Latin name of “Macropodus Pugnax.”  However, shortly after his paper was published, Dr. Cantor discovered that a species by that name already existed, and so the fish were renamed “Betta Splendens.”

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