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Channa punctata (Spotted snakehead)

Synonyms: Channa punctatus; Ophicephalus indicus; Ophicephalus karruwey; Ophicephalus punctatus; Ophiocephalus affinis; Ophiocephalus indicus; Ophiocephalus karrouveri; Ophiocephalus lata; Ophiocephalus punctatus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Channa punctata, the spotted snakehead, is a species of snakehead. It is found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China. Its natural habitats are swamps, ponds and brackish water systems. It is 15.0 cm (5.9 in) in length normally, but males with 31.0 cm (12.2 in) also captured. The spotted snakehead is listed as Least Concern in IUCN, due to lack of major threats to life.
View Wikipedia Record: Channa punctata


Migration [1]  Potamodromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Kanha Tiger Reserve National Park II 223971 Madhya Pradesh, India
Manas National Park II 135025 Assam, India
Sanjay Gandhi National Park II 439343 Maharashtra, India
Simlipal Tiger Reserve National Park II 103465 Orissa, India  
Sunderban National Park 261613 India  
Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary IV 51099 Maharashtra, India  

Prey / Diet

Aplocheilus panchax (White spot)[2]
Channa punctata (Spotted snakehead)[3]
Esomus danrica (Flying barbs)[2]
Glossogobius giuris (Whitegoby)[3]
Labeo fimbriatus (Fringed-lipped peninsula carp)[2]
Macrobrachium lamarrei (kuncho river prawn)[2]
Mystus gulio (Long-whiskers catfish)[2]
Parambassis ranga (Siamese glassfish)[2]
Pethia ticto (Two-spot barb)[2]
Puntius stigma (Stigma barb)[2]
Rasbora daniconius (Striped rasbora)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Rynchops albicollis (Indian Skimmer)1


Channa punctata (Spotted snakehead)[3]


Parasitized by 
Artyfechinostomum sufrartyfex[4]
Asymphylodora indica <Unverified Name>[4]
Brahamputrotrema channa <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus adamsia <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus atridentus <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus fernandoi <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus gomtii <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus intestinalus <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus kherai <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus kulasirii <Unverified Name>[4]
Camallanus sweeti <Unverified Name>[4]
Centrocestus formosanus <Unverified Name>[4]
Circumonchobothrium punctatusi <Unverified Name>[4]
Clinostomum complanatum[4]
Clinostomum giganticum <Unverified Name>[4]
Contracaecum vittati <Unverified Name>[4]
Echinochasmus bagulai <Unverified Name>[4]
Echinochasmus corvus <Unverified Name>[4]
Euclinostomum heterostomum <Unverified Name>[4]
Euclinostomum multicaecum <Unverified Name>[4]
Eucreadium daccai[4]
Eustrongylides himalayii <Unverified Name>[4]
Gangesia bengalensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Genarchopsis goppo[4]
Genarchopsis macrocotyle[4]
Genarchopsis ozaki <Unverified Name>[4]
Gnathostoma spinigerum <Unverified Name>[4]
Gonocercella minutus <Unverified Name>[4]
Gyrodactylus hyderabadensis[4]
Gyrodactylus neonephrotus <Unverified Name>[4]
Gyrodactylus presidencyus <Unverified Name>[4]
Gyrodactylus raipurensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Haplodidentus indicus <Unverified Name>[4]
Haplorchis pumilio[4]
Hemipera ovocaudata[4]
Hepatinema kherai <Unverified Name>[4]
Hysterothylacium channai <Unverified Name>[4]
Hysterothylacium longicaecum <Unverified Name>[4]
Hysterothylacium punctati <Unverified Name>[4]
Isoparorchis hypselobagri <Unverified Name>[4]
Metaclinostomum srivastavi <Unverified Name>[4]
Neascus vetestai <Unverified Name>[4]
Neocamallanus ophicephali <Unverified Name>[4]
Neocamallanus sindensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Neopecoelina saharanpurensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Neospinitectus ophiocephali <Unverified Name>[4]
Opisthorchis caninus <Unverified Name>[4]
Pallisentis allahabadi[4]
Pallisentis colisai[4]
Pallisentis nagpurensis[4]
Pallisentis ophiocephali[4]
Paracamallanus bareilliensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Paracamallanus sindensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Paracamallanus singhi <Unverified Name>[4]
Paragendria gomtii <Unverified Name>[4]
Philometra andhrai <Unverified Name>[4]
Phyllodistomum chauhani <Unverified Name>[4]
Polyonchobothrium fazabadensis <Unverified Name>[4]
Polyonchobothrium humidii <Unverified Name>[4]
Polyonchobothrium indicum <Unverified Name>[4]
Procamallanus ophicephalus <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga chauhani <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga jagannathae <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga lucknowensis[4]
Senga punctati <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga raoi <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga rostellata <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga teleostei <Unverified Name>[4]
Senga visakhapatnamensis[4]
Sphaerirostris batrachus[4]
Spirocamallanus soodi <Unverified Name>[4]
Tetracotyle satendri <Unverified Name>[4]
Transversotrema patialense[4]
Zeylanema fernandoi <Unverified Name>[4]
Zeylanema jullundurense <Unverified Name>[4]
Zeylanema kulasirii <Unverified Name>[4]
Zeylanema pearsei <Unverified Name>[4]

Range Map

Afghanistan; Asia - Inland waters; Asia: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Yunnan in China.; Bangladesh; Chilka Lake; China; Godavari; India; Indus; Kabul; Krishna River; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Oriental; Pakistan; Palearctic; Sri Lanka; Thailand;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2FOOD AND FEEDING HABITS OF CHANNA PUNCTATA (BLOCH) FROM GUNTUR, P. BALASUNDAR REDDY, Indian Journal of Fisheries, Vol 27, No 1 & 2 (1980), p. 123-129
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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