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Channa argus argus  (Cantor, 1842)

Snakehead
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Channidae (Snakeheads)
Etymology: Channa: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Subtropical; 14°C - 22°C (Ref. 2060); 54°N - 25°N, 111°E - 141°E

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 30.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 100.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56557); max. published weight: 8.0 kg (Ref. 56557)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 49-54; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 32 - 38

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Asia: China and western and southern Korea. Japan (Ref. 6094) and the USA (Ref. 51238) report adverse ecological impact after introduction.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Can stay out of the water for 3 to 4 days at temperatures ranging from 10 to 15°C. Matures at the age of 2 years and length of 30 cm. Spawns in June and July. Eggs are pelagic. Utilized for human consumption.

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Berg, L.S., 1965. Freshwater fishes of the U.S.S.R. and adjacent countries. volume 3, 4th edition. Israel Program for Scientific Translations Ltd, Jerusalem. (Russian version published 1949). (Ref. 2058)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Potential pest (Ref. 45309)




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial
FAO(Aquaculture: production; fisheries: production; publication : search) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00955 (0.00612 - 0.01491), b=2.96 (2.83 - 3.09), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.8 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (44 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.