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Distribution of Betta channoides
Native to the Mahakam river basin in the province of Kalimantan Timur (eastern Kalimantan) on the island of Borneo, Indonesia, with type locality ‘unnamed blackwater stream entering Mahakam River on the northern side near Mujub, 0°01’S, 115°43’E, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia’.
The fish have been collected around Mujup, Sungai Merimun and Muarapahu with the most sought-after form originating from close to the village of Pampang.
Populations from the different localities are often labelled as such by collectors in order to maintain accuracy and preserve pure bloodlines.
Habitat of Betta channoides
Inhabits shallow forest streams with brownish, acidic water, and is usually collected among leaf litter and marginal plant roots.