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); ornatipinnis: Derived from the Latin words 'ornatus, a um' (ornate) and 'pinna' (fin), in reference to the striking coloration of the pectoral fins, which also resembles that of the pectoral fins of the ornate bichir, Polypterus ornatipinnis.
Environment / Climate / Range
Freshwater; demersal; pH range: 7.1 - ?. Tropical; 23°C - ? (Ref. 75135), preferred ?
Asia: Waloun Chaung in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75135)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 23 - 24;
Vertebrae: 44 - 45. Diagnosed from all congeners by its unique color pattern consisting of numerous (10-20) large black spots on the cheeks (roughly pupil size), golden-orange lips, a red posterior rim of the opercular flap, 5-7 narrow alternating white and dark brown to black semicircular bands on the pectoral fin, three blotches on anterior of dorsal fin, and ref and bluish-grey scales with numerous black spots on body (Ref. 75135).
Found in a small stream with shaded forested banks flowing down a steep hill and with clear, fast running water (Ref. 75135).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Britz, R., 2007. Channa ornatipinnis and C. pulchra, two new species of dwarf snakeheads from Myanmar (Teleostei: Channidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 18(4):335-344. (Ref. 75135)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00912 (0.00407 - 0.02046), b=2.98 (2.80 - 3.16), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.8 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (25 of 100) .