Striped Snakehead Fish – Freshwater Fish in Thailand

Common name: Striped Snakehead, Snakehead Murrel, Common Snakehead, and Chevron Snakehead. Species: Channa striata. Thai Name: Pla Chon.

 

The Striped snakehead (Channa striata) is a freshwater fish species in the snakehead family (family Channidae). It is also known as common snakehead, chevron snakehead and murrel snakehead.

 

This Snakehead species is native to South and Southeast Asia, with a widespread range covering southern China, Pakistan, most of India, Southern Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. It has more recently been introduced to the outermost parts of Indonesia, the Philippines and Mauritius.

 

 

Striped Snakehead inhabits ponds, streams and rivers

 

striped snakeheadPreferring stagnant and muddy water plains; found mainly in swamps and the lowland rivers in relatively deep (1-2 m), still water. Very common in freshwater plains and in medium to large rivers, brooks, flooded fields including sluggish flowing canals. It migrates from rivers and lakes into flooded fields, returning to the permanent water bodies in the dry season. And it will survive the dry season by burrowing in bottom mud of lakes, canals and swamps. As long as skin and air-breathing apparatus remain moist, and subsists on the stored fat.

 

Striped Snakehead can grows up to about one meter in length,

But though because of fishing, this size is rarely found in the wild. Adults are dark brown in color with faint black bands visible across its entire body. Males and females both help to construct a nest out of water vegetation during breeding time. Eggs are guarded by both parents, and it will attack anything moving when breeding. Fry have a reddish orange colour and guarded by both parents until they turn greenish brown at around 5–6 cm. The striped snakehead has a more varied diet than the great snakehead or the giant snakehead. It preys on frogs, water bugs, and smaller fish.

 

Source: WikipediaFishbase

 

 

 

 

 

 

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