Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Channidae
Etymology: Channa: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; benthopelagic; pH range: 6.0 - 7.0; dH range: 15 - ?; potamodromous (Ref. 51243). Tropical; 22°C - 26°C (Ref. 2059)
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 10 - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 30857); common length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 35840)
White dorsal, anal and caudal margins; 3-3+1/2 scales between the lateral line and the base of the anterior dorsal rays; relatively small size (Ref. 27732).
Asia: Sri Lanka to the Mekong (Xe Bangfai and Nam Theun basins) and Bali, Indonesia. Reported from Maharashtra, India (Ref. 43634).
Found in hill streams (Ref. 27732). Adults inhabit medium to large rivers, brooks, rapid-running mountain streams and stagnant water bodies including sluggish flowing canals (Ref. 12975). Feed at night on small fish, insects and crustaceans (Ref. 85309). Exhibit parental care, with the male brooding eggs and fry in his mouth (Ref. 85309).
Kottelat, M., 1998. Fishes of the Nam Theun and Xe Bangfai basins, Laos, with diagnoses of twenty-two new species (Teleostei: Cyprinidae, Balitoridae, Cobitidae, Coiidae and Odontobutidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 9(1):1-128.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01175 (0.00659 - 0.02094), b=2.98 (2.82 - 3.14), based on LWR estimates for species & Genus-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.62 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.50; Fec=389).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .