Channa asiatica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Small snakehead
七星鳢,  月鱧,  月鳢
Channa asiatica
photo by CAFS

Family:  Channidae (Snakeheads)
Max. size:  20 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; freshwater
Distribution:  Asia: Yangtze River basin in central China, Taiwan, Hainan Island to the Red River basin of northern Viet Nam (Ref. 43157). Also reported from Japan and Sri Lanka (Ref. 559).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Generally restricted to relatively narrow regions, characterized by humid rainforest climate (Ref. 43157). Feed on crustaceans, insect larvae and fish.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 October 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Recorded from the Dongjiang river drainage; Beijiang river drainage; Xijiang river drainage. Also known from Muoyangjiang river drainage, Jiangcheng of Yangjiang County in Guangdong Province. And from Wanquanhe River drainage in Hainan Province (Ref. 45323). Known from the Yangtze River basin of central China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (Ref. 43157). Also from Tungting Lake where it is known as "hua sai-yü" (Ref. 35840). Introduced from its native range to other regions in the country for intensive culture in ponds and cages and bio-control (Ref. 55380). Also Ref. 559.

Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.04.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.06.12

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