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  Climbing Perches

 

Vietnam

The possession of a so-called labyrinth organ, an extension of the gill plates, i.e. the bone that anchors the gills and which consists of multiple folds covered with tiny blood vessels that take oxygen from the air, allow these Climbing Perches to breathe atmospheric oxygen, akin to the slightly larger and studier Gangetic Koi (fig.).

 

Hence, it has the ability to survive out of water for extended periods of time, i.e. up to 8 hours if kept moist, which improves its marketability  as fresh fish, especially on markets. See also List of Thai Animal Names.

See also POSTAGE STAMP.

 

  Climbing Perches