Anabas testudineus

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Anabas testudineus
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Anabantidae
Genus: Anabas
Species: A. testudineus
Binomial name
Anabas testudineus
(Bloch, 1792)
  • Anabas elongatus Reuvens, 1895
  • Anabas macrocephalus Bleeker, 1854
  • Anabas microcephalus Bleeker, 1857
  • Anabas scandens (Daldorff, 1797)
  • Anabas spinosus Gray, 1834
  • Anabas trifoliatus Kaup, 1860
  • Anabas variegatus Bleeker, 1851

Anabas testudineus, the climbing perch, is a species of fish in the family Anabantidae, the climbing gourami. It is native to Asia, where it occurs from India east to China and to the Wallace Line. It has also been established in some countries outside of its native range.

This species grows to 25 cm (9.8 in) in total length.

It is likely that this is a species complex, with the name Anabas testudineus applied to what are actually several different species. With further study, populations of this fish may be divided up into separate species and given new names.[1]

As food[edit]

This species is important as a food fish in certain areas of India and in Southeast Asia, where its ability to survive out of the water for extended periods of time, provided it is kept moist, improves its marketability.[2]

Pla mo at a riverside market in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand
Anabas testudineus curry preparation

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pal, M. & Chaudhry, S. 2010. Anabas testudineus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. Downloaded on 22 September 2014.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Anabas testudineus" in FishBase. December 2012 version.