Channa argus (Cantor, 1842)
NORTHERN SNAKEHEAD
Eyed Snakehead
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Channa argus   (Cantor, 1842)

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Pictures | Google image Image of Channa argus (Snakehead) Channa argus
Picture by Naseka, A. / Anokhin, B.

Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes ( gen. , sp. ) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

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

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Freshwater; benthopelagic.   Subtropical; 4°C - 22°C (Ref. 2060 ); 54°N - 25°N, 111°E - 141°E

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri

Asia: Amur southward to Xi Jiang and Hainan Island, China (Ref. 82587 ). Introduced elsewhere. Japan (Ref. 6094 ) and the USA (Ref. 51238 ) report adverse ecological impact after introduction.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m 30.0   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 100.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56557 ); max. published weight: 8.0 kg (Ref. 56557 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 49-54; Anal spines : 0; Anal soft rays : 32 - 38

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Can stay out of the water for 3 to 4 days at temperatures ranging from 10 to 15°C (Ref. 37350 ). Is a typical ambush predator that lies in wait for its prey on the bottom. Hunts mainly in the morning and in the evening, feeding primarily on fish (Ref. 12569 ). Matures at the age of 2 years and length of 30 cm. Spawns in June and July (Ref. 56557 ). Eggs are pelagic. Utilized for human consumption.

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Bogutskaya, N.G., A.M. Naseka, S.V. Shedko, E.D. Vasil'eva and I.A. Chereshnev , 2008. The fishes of the Amur River: updated check-list and zoogeography. Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 19(4):301-366. (Ref. 82587 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185 )

    Not Evaluated  

CITES (Ref. 94142 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Potential pest (Ref. 45309 )




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Fisheries: commercial; aquaculture: commercial; aquarium: public aquariums FAO(Aquaculture: production ; fisheries: production ; publication : search ) | FisheriesWiki | Sea Around Us

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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00776 (0.00492 - 0.01225), b=3.00 (2.87 - 3.13), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  4.4   ±0.3 se; Based on diet studies. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Prior r = 0.44, 2 SD range = 0.22 - 0.87, log(r) = -0.82, SD log(r) = 0.34, Based on: 2 K, 2 tgen, 4 Fec records Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  High vulnerability (62 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   Unknown .

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Channa argus
Channa argus
Northern Snakehead
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Channa argus
Northern Snakehead
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