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The larger species of anabantoid fishes are important as food fishes and feature in aquaculture in various parts of Asia. Many of the smaller, colorful anabantoids are very popular hardy ornamental fishes; up to several hundred U.S. dollars have been paid for a breeding pair of the conspicuously colored fighting fish Betta macrostoma, known as the Brunei beauty.

1. Kissing gourami (Helostoma temminckii); 2. Siamese fighting-fish (Betta splendens); 3. Giant gourami (Osphronemus goramy); 4. Pikehead (Lu-ciocephalus pulcher); 5. Climbing perch (Anabas testudineus); 6. Pearl gourami (Trichogaster leeri). (Illustration by Barbara Duperron and Bruce Worden)

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