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The Anabantidae are a family of perciform fish commonly called the climbing gouramies or climbing perches. As labyrinth fishes, they possess a labyrinth organ, a structure in the fish’s head which allows them to breathe atmospheric oxygen. Fish of this family are commonly seen gulping at air at the surface of the water; which then passes out of their gills or mouth when they dive beneath the surface.

Climbing Gouramis are so named due to their ability to “climb” out of water and “walk” short distances. Their method of terrestrial locomotion uses the gill plates as supports and the fish pushs itself using the fins and tail.

There are about 36 species in the family, classified in four genera (three according to some authors). The familiar aquarium resident, the Siamese Fighting Fish Betta splendens used to be classified in this family, but is now placed among the gouramies, family Osphronemidae.