Channa punctatus (Bloch, 1793)


Genus: Channa Scopoli

Body very elongate, almost cylindrical anteriorly and somewhat compressed posteriorly, head large, mouth fairly large. Dorsal and anal fin based long, pelvic fin sub abdominal.

Synony ms: Opicephalus punctatus Bloch, 1793; O. karruwey

Lacepede, 1801; O. affinis Gunther, 1861; O. indicus

McClelland, 1842; O. lata Hamilton, 1822

Diagnosis: Dorsal fin ray 28-33, anal 20-23, pectoral 15-18. Body elongated and fairly rounded in cross section. Pectoral fin extends to anal fin. Caudal fin rounded. Lateral line scales 37 – 40.

Common names: Spotted snakehead, hille



Punatsangchhu: Sunkosh (Dagana)

Amochhu: Dorti khola (Chukha)

Altitude: 200 MASL

Conservation status: Least concern (IUCN)