Channa striata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Channa striata
Species Authority: (Bloch, 1793)
Common Name/s:
English Snakehead Murrel, Common Snakehead, Chevron Snakehead, Asian Snakehead, Striped Snakehead
Ophiocephalus striatus Bloch, 1793
Taxonomic Notes:

As presently understood, Channa striata is a species complex.

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. & Allen, D.
Contributor/s: Molur, S.
As currently understood, Channa striata is a species complex.  It is a widespread species with no known major widespread threats and is currently assessed as Least Concern, however the species requires taxonomic review and it should be re-assessed when this has been undertaken.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: The species is recorded from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Thailand and southern China. Possibly present in Bhutan.
Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; India; Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: There is no information on the population and its trends for this species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Inhabits swamps, freshwater ponds, streams and tanks in the plains; prefers stagnant muddy waters and grassy tanks.  It breeds in the rainy season.
Systems: Freshwater

Threats [top]

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

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: This is a species complex and requires taxonomic revision.
Citation: Chaudhry, S. 2010. Channa striata. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <>. Downloaded on 20 April 2014.
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