Family Channidae - Snakeheads
  Order
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  Class
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Actinopterygii
No. in FishBase
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Genera : 2 | Species : 38 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
  Environment
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Fresh : Yes | Brackish : No | Marine : No
  Division
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Primary freshwater
  Aquarium
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some
  First Fossil Record
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  Remark
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Distribution: tropical Africa (three species) and southern Asia. Elongate body; lower jaw protruding. Dorsal and anal fin bases long. Pelvic fins may be lacking in some; with 6 rays when present. No spines in fins. Scales ctenoid or cycloid. Airbreathing through suprabranchial organ. About 1.2 m maximum length. Important in aquaculture and commonly used in rice-fish farming. Some species are widely introduced. Number of species: 26 (Ref. 36343).
  Etymology
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Greek, channe, -es = anchovy ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
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bearers and guarders
  Typical activity level
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  Main Ref
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  Coordinator
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Osteichthyes | Actinopterygii | Actinopteri | Neopterygii | Teleostei | Osteoglossocephalai | Clupeocephala | Euteleosteomorpha | Neoteleostei | Eurypterygia | Ctenosquamata | Acanthomorphata | Euacanthomorphacea | Percomorphaceae | Anabantomorpharia | Anabantiformes | Channoidei | Channidae

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Species/Synonymy list for the family Channidae as currently in FishBase

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In the column CofF, the digit indicates the status of synchronization with CofF: 0: Not checked; 1: Same status;   2: Different status;   3: Other combination;   4: Synonym in CofF;   5: Species/Subspecies issue;   6: Synonym of another species in CofF;   7: Not in CofF;   8: Should not be in CofF. The CofF version currently used is the one published on 15-11-2013 (Ref. 94485).

The list ordered as follows:

Please send comments and corrections if you detect errors or missing names.

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Channa orientalis Bloch & Schneider, 1801
acceptedseniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
! Ophiocephalus auranticus Hamilton, 1822
synonymjuniororiginal
! Ophiocephalus apus Canestrini, 1861
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophicephalus apus Canestrini, 1861
synonymjuniororiginal
Channa gachua (non Hamilton, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
! Channa gahua (non Hamilton, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus marginatus (non Cuvier, 1829)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus coramota (non Cuvier, 1831)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus fusca (non Cuvier, 1831)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus limbatus (non Cuvier, 1831)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus montanus (non McClelland, 1842)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Philypnoides surakartensis (non Bleeker, 1849)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus gachua kelaarti (non Günther, 1861)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus kelaarti (non Günther, 1861)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus kelaartii (non Günther, 1861)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus harcourtbutleri (non Annandale, 1918)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa burmanica (non Chaudhuri, 1919)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa asiatica (Linnaeus, 1758)
acceptedseniornew
Gymnotus asiaticus Linnaeus, 1758
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa ocellata Peters, 1864
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa sinensis Sauvage, 1880
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa formosana Jordan & Evermann, 1902
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa punctata (Bloch, 1793)
acceptedseniornew
Channa sp. Not applicable
ambiguousquestionableother
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa punctatus (Bloch, 1793)
synonymseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
Ophicephalus karruwey Lacepède, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal1
! Ophiocephalus karrouveri Lacepède, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal
Ophiocephalus lata Hamilton, 1822
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophicephalus indicus McClelland, 1842
synonymjuniororiginal1
! Ophiocephalus indicus McClelland, 1842
synonymjuniororiginal
Ophiocephalus affinis Günther, 1861
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa striata (Bloch, 1793)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa striatus (Bloch, 1793)
synonymseniornew
synonymseniororiginal
Ophiocephalus wrahl Lacepède, 1801
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophiocephalus chena Hamilton, 1822
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal
Ophiocephalus vagus Peters, 1868
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophiocephalus sowarah (non Cuvier, 1831)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa maculata (Lacepède, 1801)
acceptedseniornew
Bostrychus maculatus Lacepède, 1801
synonymseniororiginal1
Ophiocephalus maculatus (Lacepède, 1801)
synonymseniornew
Channa striata (non Bloch, 1793)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa barca (Hamilton, 1822)
acceptedseniornew
Ophiocephalus barca Hamilton, 1822
synonymseniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophiocephalus amphibius (non McClelland, 1845)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa gachua (Hamilton, 1822)
acceptedseniornew
Ophicephalus gachua Hamilton, 1822
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa gachus (Hamilton, 1822)
synonymseniornew
! Ophiocephalus gachua Hamilton, 1822
synonymseniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal2
Channa marulius (Hamilton, 1822)
acceptedseniornew
Ophicephalus marulius Hamilton, 1822
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa marulia (Hamilton, 1822)
synonymseniornew
! Ophiocephalus marulius Hamilton, 1822
synonymseniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal
Ophicephalus sowara Cuvier, 1831
synonymjuniororiginal1
! Ophiocephalus sowarah Cuvier, 1831
synonymjuniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophiocephalus theophrasti Valenciennes, 1840
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
! Ophiocephalus marulius ara Deraniyagala, 1945
synonymjuniororiginal2
Channa marulius ara (Deraniyagala, 1945)
synonymjuniornew
Ophicephalus marulius ara Deraniyagala, 1945
synonymjuniororiginal
Channa lucius (Cuvier, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
Ophicephalus lucius Cuvier, 1831
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa lucia (Cuvier, 1831)
synonymseniornew
! Ophiocephalus lucius Cuvier, 1831
synonymseniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa siamensis (Günther, 1861)
synonymjuniornew
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal
Ophiocephalus bistriatus Weber & de Beaufort, 1922
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa micropeltes (Cuvier, 1831)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
synonymseniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
synonymjuniororiginal1
Channa diplogramme (non Day, 1865)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa argus argus (Cantor, 1842)
acceptedseniornew
Ophicephalus argus Cantor, 1842
synonymseniororiginal5
Channa argus (Cantor, 1842)
acceptedseniornew
Ophicephalus argus (Cantor, 1842)
synonymseniornew
! Ophiocephalus argus (Cantor, 1842)
synonymseniornew
Ophicephalus pekinensis Basilewsky, 1855
synonymjuniororiginal5
Channa amphibeus (McClelland, 1845)
acceptedseniornew
Ophiocephalus amphibeus McClelland, 1845
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa amphibia (McClelland, 1845)
synonymseniornew
! Channa amphibius (McClelland, 1845)
synonymseniornew
! Ophiocephalus amphibius McClelland, 1845
synonymseniororiginal
Channa barca (non Hamilton, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophiocephalus barca (non Hamilton, 1822)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa marulioides (Bleeker, 1851)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
synonymseniororiginal
Channa melasoma (Bleeker, 1851)
acceptedseniornew
! Ophiocephalus melanosoma Bleeker, 1851
ambiguousotherother
Ophicephalus melasoma Bleeker, 1851
synonymseniororiginal1
! Ophiocephalus melasoma Bleeker, 1851
synonymseniororiginal
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophicephalus mystax Bleeker, 1853
synonymjuniororiginal1
Ophiocephalus baramensis (non Steindachner, 1901)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa pleurophthalma (Bleeker, 1851)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa pleurophthalmus (Bleeker, 1851)
synonymseniornew
synonymjuniororiginal1
ambiguousquestionableoriginal2
Channa bankanensis (Bleeker, 1853)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa cyanospilos (Bleeker, 1853)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa melanoptera (Bleeker, 1855)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa melanopterus (Bleeker, 1855)
synonymseniornew
Channa diplogramma (Day, 1865)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa diplogramme (Day, 1865)
synonymseniornew
Channa stewartii (Playfair, 1867)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
! Channa stewartius (Playfair, 1867)
synonymseniornew
Channa baramensis (Steindachner, 1901)
acceptedseniornew
Ophiocephalus baramensis Steindachner, 1901
synonymseniororiginal1
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal5
synonymseniorchange in rank
synonymseniorchange in rank
Ophicephalus argus (non Cantor, 1842)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Ophicephalus pekinensis (non Basilewsky, 1855)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
! Ophiocephalus pekinensis (non Basilewsky, 1855)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa argus (non Cantor, 1942)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa harcourtbutleri (Annandale, 1918)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa orientalis (non Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Channa burmanica Chaudhuri, 1919
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa bleheri Vierke, 1991
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa panaw Musikasinthorn, 1998
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa aurantimaculata Musikasinthorn, 2000
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa nox Zhang, Musikasinthorn & Watanabe, 2002
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa pulchra Britz, 2007
acceptedseniororiginal1
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa hoaluensis Nguyen, 2011
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa melanostigma Geetakumari & Vishwanath, 2011
acceptedseniororiginal1
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa longistomata Nguyen, Nguyen & Nguyen, 2012
acceptedseniororiginal1
Channa andrao Britz, 2013
acceptedseniororiginal2
Parachanna obscura (Günther, 1861)
acceptedseniornew
Ophiocephalus obscurus Günther, 1861
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa obscura (Günther, 1861)
synonymseniornew
Channa obscurus (Günther, 1861)
synonymseniornew
Ophicephalus obscurus (Günther, 1861)
synonymseniornew
Paraphiocephalus obscurus (Günther, 1861)
synonymseniornew
Parophiocephalus obscurus (Günther, 1861)
synonymseniornew
Parachanna africana (Steindachner, 1879)
acceptedseniornew
Ophiocephalus africanus Steindachner, 1879
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa africana (Steindachner, 1879)
synonymseniornew
Parophiocephalus africanus (Steindachner, 1879)
synonymseniornew
Ophiocephalus obscurus (non Günther, 1861)
misappliedmisappliedmisapplied
Parachanna insignis (Sauvage, 1884)
acceptedseniornew
synonymseniororiginal1
Channa insignis (Sauvage, 1884)
synonymseniornew
synonymseniornew
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