at me. It was an easy job to catch it, as it
did not swim away when I was trying to
catch it. As it jumped around inside the
net, I took a closer look and saw that it
was Betta anabatoides.
A Betta edithae caught in the Mandor area; B. edithae is one of the most common bettas
A Bumpy Ride
The following day, we traveled north
to Sungai Mempawah in a small truck.
The country roads are very narrow, and
there are potholes everywhere. Most of
these types of roads in Kalimantan are
rough, and are not maintained at all.
Along the road, we could see the
paddy fields and the Dayak villages.
Yuping told me the story of the conflict
between the Dayak people and Madura
people. The darkest day was about 10
years ago in Kalimantan, when a lot
of innocent people were killed and
houses were torched as a result of the
misunderstandings between these two
groups. Today, most of the Madura
people who had previously lived in
Kalimantan have moved back to Madura
Island near Borneo.
Two hours after driving along the
bumpy road, we stopped at a small bridge.
We saw the aquatic aroid Cryptocoryne
fusca growing abundantly in the shady
area. This species of water plant is very
common in Kalimantan Barat, but I
never found it in my homeland, Sarawak,
which is not far across the border.
Chocolate gourami Sphaerichthys osphromenoides.
Back to the Swamps
After collecting some Cryptocoryne,
we headed south to a swampy area.
When we reached that spot, we saw the
same type of environment we had seen