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Channa melanostigma  Geetakumari & Vishwanath, 2011

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

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Tropical

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Asia: Lohit River, Brahmaputra basin in India.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 88140)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 50 - 51. Distinguished from all other species of the genus Channa by the combination of the following characters: caudal fin when stretched with 14-15 black zig-zag transverse bars at irregular intervals, the interspaces being 2/3rd of the bars; dorsal fin inserted after 3-4 scales vertically above the pectoral fin origin; ½7-½8 scales below the lateral line, 5 cheek scales, 27-28 scales around the caudal peduncle; 50-51 vertebrae; 7 branchial tooth plates; 36-37 branched dorsal fin rays and last dorsal fin inserted in between 41 and 43 vertebrae (Ref. 88140).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Geetakumari, K. and W. Vishwanath, 2011. Channa melanostigma, a new species of freshwater snakehead from north-east India (Teleostei: Channidae). J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. [2010] 107(3):231-235. (Ref. 88140)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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