Channa micropeltes (Cuvier, 1831)
Indonesian snakehead
Channa micropeltes
photo by Baird, I.G.

Family:  Channidae (Snakeheads)
Max. size:  130 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 20 kg
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range - 100 m, potamodromous
Distribution:  Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins; the Malay Peninsula, and the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Material from India usually referred to as this species actually represents a distinct species.
Diagnosis:  A broad, dark longitudinal stripe in adults; two black longitudinal stripes with a bright orange intermediate area in juveniles (Ref. 27732).
Biology:  Occurs in lowland river and swamp (Ref. 57235). Usually associated with deep water bodies (Ref. 27732). Found in large streams and canals (Ref. 4833), with standing or slowly flowing water (Ref. 12693). Feeds mainly on fish but also takes some crustaceans. Spawns in small streams with dense vegetation (Ref. 56749). Utilized as a food fish (Ref. 4931). Economic important mainly from capture fisheries (Ref. 57235).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 December 2011 Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 16.01.06

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