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Siamese Fighting Fish named the National Aquatic Animal of Thailand

The Government of Thailand has approved the proposal to name the Siamese fighting fish as the National Aquatic Animal.
Siamese Fighting Fish named the National Aquatic Animal of Thailand

Details:

  • The decision was based on the recommendation of the National Identity Committee of Thailand which promotes Thai cultural pride, forwarded its endorsement of the fighting fish.
  • The Government has approved the proposal owing to the cultural and historical significance of the Siamese fighting fish for Thailand.
  • The Siamese fighting fish was chosen as it's a native, unique species to the Kingdom's waters and an important animal for Thailand's economy.

About the Siamese Fighting Fish:

  • The Siamese fighting fish commonly known as the Betta is a popular fish in the aquarium trade.
  • The Siamese fighting fish is native to the Mekong basin of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and mostly found at Chao Phraya river in Thailand.
  • The Siamese fighting fish was registered as intangible cultural heritage by the Cultural Ministry in 2013.
  • The designation of Siamese fighting fish as Thailand's National Aquatic Animal could help boost both conservation efforts and commercial breeding.
  • The IUCN status of the Siamese fighting fish is Vulnerable.

Threats to the Siamese Fighting Fish:

  • Human Intrusions & Disturbances
  • Natural System Modifications through the Construction of Dams, 
  • Presence of Invasive and Other Problematic Species
  • Genes & Diseases
  • Pollution due to Domestic & Urban Wastewater
  • Industrial & Military Effluents and Agricultural & Forestry Effluents.

Question:

Q. The Government of Thailand has approved the proposal to name which fish as the National Aquatic Animal?
a. Thai fighting fish
b. Siamese fighting fish
c. Chinese fighting fish
d. Laos fighting fish
Siamese Fighting Fish named the National Aquatic Animal of Thailand Siamese Fighting Fish named the National Aquatic Animal of Thailand Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on February 08, 2019 Rating: 5

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