Scientific Name
Channa asiatica  
Channa asiatica七星鱧
by: Nian-Hong Jang-Liaw
Author (Linnaeus, 1758) Depth 0 - 10M
Chinese 七星鱧 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 鱧科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F487 Channidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 月鱧 
Max Length 25 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 鮕鮘、月鱧 
Distribution in World Taiwan、China   Distribution in Taiwan North、Middle 
Habitats Fresh water  Holotype Locality Asia 
Synonyms Channa formosana, Channa ocellata, Channa sinensis, Gymnotus asiaticus   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);台灣淡水及河口魚圖鑑(周及高,2011)  沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0054364. ASIZP0072962. ASIZP0072963. ASIZP0072964. ASIZP0074005. ASIZP0074205. ASIZP0805587. ASIZP0805588. ASIZP0805589. ASIZP0915587. ASIZP0915588. ASIZP0915589. FRIP00216. NMMBP04147. NMMBP04149. NMMBP04186. NMMBP05713. NMMSTP00726. NMNSF00003. NMNSF00066. NTHUB00621. NTMP0239. NTMP0605. NTMP0663. NTMP0775. NTOUP200910-127. NTUM00602. NTUM00605. NTUM06480. SIO69-375. SU18295. SU18296. SU18297. SU18300. SU23014. SU69818. SU7132Holotype. ...List all 56 records... 
Common Name Small snakehead 
Redlist Status Not in IUCN Redlist LC    VU 2012 Redlist of Fresh Water Fishes::VU
Characteristic Head moderately large. Snout short. Mouth large and protractile. Lower jaw longer than upper, posterior end of upper jaw reaching posterior margin of eye, both upper and lower jaw with teeth. Barbell absent. Body cylindrical, posterior laterally compressed. Scales large and cycloid, scales on calvaria even larger, lateral line scales complete. L.l.:41-45; dorsal fin rays:27-29; anal fin rays:54-57; dorsal and anal fins long, pelvic fin absent, anus near anal fin origin, caudal fin round, dorsal fin origin above pectoral fin origin. Greenish or dark grayish, ventral surface lighter. Side of body patterned with 8-9 dark stripes in an arrowhead shape 「<」, and the tip toward head. A black blotch on end of caudal peduncle.
habitats Prefer still water or slow-running river with lots of caves and aquatic vegetation to hide, can be found in paddy field, able to breath atmospheric air. Ambush predator, feed on small fish, shrimp and other aquatic creatures. No nests formed, but parental 
Distribution Native to southern China, including southward from Changjiang River, Taiwan, Hainan Island and Vietnam. Japanese populations were introduced. In Taiwan, its’ native habitats were restricted western portion of Central Mount Range (CMR) and southward till C