Native Animals

Anabas testudineus

Climbing Perch
Least Concern
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2019
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SSN 23202
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  • Kingdom
  • Phylum
  • Class
  • Order
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Specific Epithet
    testudineus (Bloch, 1792)
  • Common Name
  • Residential
The taxonomic status is pending for approval



So far we know little about the species, apart from its appearance.


No Description Suitability Seasonality
Artificial - Aquatic → Aquaculture Ponds
Marginal Unknown
Artificial - Aquatic → Canals and Drainage Channels, Ditches
Suitable Unknown
Artificial - Aquatic → Irrigated Land [includes irrigation channels]
Marginal Unknown
Artificial - Aquatic → Ponds [below 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Artificial - Aquatic → Seasonally Flooded Agricultural Land
Marginal Unknown
Artificial - Aquatic → Wastewater Treatment Areas
Marginal Unknown
Artificial - Aquatic → Water Storage Areas [over 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands [generally over 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Permanent Freshwater Lakes [over 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools [under 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Permanent Rivers, Streams, Creeks [includes waterfalls]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Lakes [over 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Seasonal/Intermittent Freshwater Marshes/Pools [under 8 ha]
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Seasonal/Intermittent/Irregular Rivers, Streams, Creeks
Suitable Unknown
Wetlands → Shrub Dominated Wetlands
Suitable Unknown
References :


Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2019 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Least Concern (LC)
2010 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Data Deficient (DD)


by State Location
  • Johore 1
  • Kedah 2
  • Pahang 1
  • Sabah 5
by Protected Areas Location
  • National/State Park 1
Based on publications, specimens, and images


  1. Aqmal-Naser, M. & Ahmad, A. (2018). Ichthyofauna in Rice Agroecosystem at Seberang Perai Tengah, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia with Notes on the Introduced Species. Journal of Agrobiotechnology 9 (1), 27-40.
  2. Azmir, I.A. & Samat, A. (2010). Diversity and Distribution of Stream Fishes of Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia. Sains Malaysiana 39 (6), 869-875
  3. Casey Ng, K.C., Abdullah, F., Biun, H., Ibrahim, M.K., Mustapha, S. & Sade, A. (2017). Review: A Working Checklist of the Freshwater Fish Diversity for Habitat Management and Conservation Work in Sabah, Malaysia, North Borneo. 18 (2), 560-574
  4. Fahmi-Ahmad, M., Rizal, S.A. & Ahmad, A. (2015). Ichthyofaunal Diversity of Tasek Bera Ramsar Site, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Wildlife and Parks 30, 27-43 — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ]
  5. Kodoh, J. (2005). Surveys of non-timber forest products traded in tamu, Sabah, Malaysia. Sepilok Bulletin. 3, 27-36.
  6. Lim, L.H.S., Tan, W.B., Chuan, J., Wong, W.L. & Liew, K.S. (2005). A Preliminary Report on Fish Parasitofauna from the Southwestern Endau-Rompin National Park, Johor, Malaysia. The Forests and Biodiversity of Selai Endau-Rompin. pp. 211-214.
  7. Nur Izzah, I.A., Wan Mahiyuddin, W.R., Tengku Mohamad, T.R., Cheong, Y.L., Daud, S.F., Hussein, N.C., Abdullah, N.A., Shaharudin, R. & Sulaiman, L.H. (2016). Fish consumption pattern among adults of different ethnics in Peninsular Malaysia. Food & Nutrition Research 60, 15.
  8. Parenti, L.R. & Lim, K.K.P. (2005). Fishes of the Rajang Basin, Sarawak, Malaysia. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplements (13), 175-208.
  9. Zarul, H.H., Zainuddin, R.Y., Shah, A.S.R.M., Mohammad, M.S., Mashhor, M. & Shahrul Anuar, M.S. (2012). Fish Checklist of Perak River, Malaysia. 8 (3), 408-413.
  1. Action Plan for Aquatic Invasive Alien Species in Malaysia, 2007. Marine Fishery Resources Development and Management Department , Malaysia. pp. 1-53.
  2. Amal, M.N.A., Intan Faraha, A.G., Lokman, M.I.N, Rasul, A.H.M., Ahmad, A., Zakaria, Z.A., Khaironizam, M.Z., Fahmi-Ahmad, M., Aqmal-Naser, M. & Ismail, A. (2020). Fishes of North Selangor Peat Swamp Forest. Kementerian Air, Tanah dan Sumber Asli, Malaysia. pp. 150.
  3. Ambak, M.A., Mansor, M.I., Zakaria, M.Z. & Mazlan, A.G. (2010). Fishes of Malaysia. Penerbit UMT, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia. pp. 334.
  1. Malayan Nature Journal, Volume 73, Issue 3, p. 419, 2021
  1. Schoppe, S. (2008). Science in CITES: The biology and ecology of the Southeast Asian Box Turtle and its uses and trade in Malaysia. TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ]

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Abdul Razak Mohd Nor Rasid, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Anis Syafiqah Binti Mohamad Amir Hamzah, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Mrs. Azwarina Binti Mohd Azmi Ramasamy, Mr. Badrul Amin Bin Jaffar, Ms. Norazah Binti Norddin, Ms. Norli Fauzani Mohd Abu Hassan Alshari, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen, Ms. Nurul Fatinizzati Binti Abd Halim, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Photo credit :- Zahar Azuar Zakaria

Species Citation :- Anabas testudineus. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via [Retrieved 21 March 2023].

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