Known in the Western World as a betta fish, the underwater brawler is popular in home aquariums for its iridescent body and many-hued tail.
According to an official statement, cabinet of Thailand approved a proposal for the fighting fish to be the national fish, citing its historical and cultural significance. It brings up feelings of nostalgia for older generations in Thailand – which changed its name from Siam in 1939. They remember a time when the fish were traded and sparred in childhood games. Children looking for the fish today will mostly see it in pet shops