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Channa punctata

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA ACTINOPTERYGII PERCIFORMES CHANNIDAE

Scientific Name: Channa punctata
Species Authority: (Bloch, 1793)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-10-06
Assessor(s): Chaudhry, S.
Reviewer(s): Britz, R., Dey, S.C., Jha, B.R., Vishwanath, W. & Allen, D.J.
Contributor(s): Molur, S.
Justification:
Channa punctata is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats, and no evidence as yet that it is a species complex.  The species is assessed as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is recorded from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (western Rakhine Yoma only). A record from Yunnan (China) is doubtful, and the species is possibly present in Bhutan.
Countries:
Native:
Afghanistan; Bangladesh; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka
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Population [top]

Population: The species is a prolific breeder and rapid developments; breeds in ponds almost throughout the year by building circular nets between marginal weeds; peak breeding before and during monsoon months.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits freshwater streams, rivers, ponds and tanks, generally in the plains. Also found in rice fields and irrigation channels.
Systems: Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species attains a length of 31 cm; prefers stagnant waters, in muddy streams. Prolific breeder and exhibits rapid development; breeds in ponds almost throughout the year by building circular nets between marginal weeds; peak breeding before and during monsoon months; matures in the first year. The spotted snakehead is common throughout the plains of India and Pakistan. In Terai and Duars of northern Bengal it is abundant in muddy streams up to an altitude of 600 m, and also fairly common in the Chilika Lake (Orissa).

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to the species are not known.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Widely distributed species with little information on population, trends, and threats.  Research on these aspects are recommended.

Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Channa punctata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 23 August 2014.
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