Belontia hasselti

The Malay combtail (Belontia hasselti) is a species of gourami native to southeast Asia where it is found in peat swamps of the Malay Peninsula and the Greater Sunda Islands. This species can reach a length of 20 centimetres (7.9 in) SL. It is a commercially important species and is also found in the aquarium trade.[2] This species was formally described by Georges Cuvier in 1831 with the type locality of Java.[3] The collector of the type was collected in 1820 by the Dutch physician and biologist Johan Coenraad van Hasselt (1797-1823), whom Cuvier honoured in its specific name, with his friend Heinrich Kuhl.[4]

Belontia hasselti
Belont hasselt 100523-1755 sap.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anabantiformes
Family: Osphronemidae
Genus: Belontia
B. hasselti
Binomial name
Belontia hasselti
(G. Cuvier, 1831)
  • Polyacanthus hasselti G. Cuvier, 1831


  1. ^ Low, B.W. (2019). "Belontia hasselti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T180925A1678711. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T180925A1678711.en.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Belontia hasselti" in FishBase. AugustAyear=2019 2006 version.
  3. ^ Eschmeyer, W. N.; R. Fricke & R. van der Laan (eds.). "Polyacanthus hasselti". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  4. ^ Christopher Scharpf; Kenneth J. Lazara (21 October 2019). "Order ANABANTIFORMES: Families ANABANTIDAE, HELOSTOMATIDAE, OSPHRONEMIDAE, CHANNIDAE, NANDIDAE, BADIDAE, and PRISTOLEPIDIDAE". The ETYFish Project Fish Name Etymology Database. Christopher Scharpf and Kenneth J. Lazara. Retrieved 13 December 2019.