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Channa asiatica

Basic information
Scientific name Channa asiatica (No picture)
Common names Small snakehead
Higher taxon Channidae, Perciformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range Taiwan, Hainan Is., Chang Jiang River and southern part of continental China, and N Vietnam.
Habitat Rivers, lakes, and ponds in montane region.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Osaka Pref., Ishigakijima Is. and Okinawa Is. in Okinawa Pref. Range in Japan
Origin Taiwan
Date Imported from Taiwan, in 1960.
Route Deliberate: For aquaculture.
Impact Unknown impact.
Regulation in Japan Introduction of this species is prohibited in Shiga, Nagano and Yamaguchi Prefs. For fishes of genus Channa, keeping and release are prohibited in UK, and import and transport are prohibited in USA.
Introduced range in other countries None.
Reference Notes
  • FishBase, accessed on 2010-06-15,
  • Kawanabe et al. (eds) (2002) Freshwater Fishes of Japan, 3rd ed.. Yama-kei Publishers, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Matsuzawa & Senou (2008) Alien fishes of Japan. Bun-ichi Sogo Shuppan, Tokyo (in Jpn)
  • Shimazu (2011) A distribution record of alien aquatic organisms and native fishes in 300 water systems on Okinawa Island in the summer of 2010. Japanese journal of conservation ecology. 16, 99-110 (in Jpn with English abst)
  • etc.