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Channa maculata

Basic information
Scientific name Channa maculata (No picture)
Common names Blotched snakehead
Higher taxon Channidae, Perciformes, Actinopterygii
Natural range Fujian and southern part of continental China, Taiwan, Hainan Island, Vietnam, and Philippine.
Habitat Cloudy muddy bottom of ponds with aquatic grass. Slow stream.
Invasion information
Range in Japan Wakayama and Hyogo Prefs., and Ishigakijima Is., Sakishima Islands, Okinawa Pref. Range in Japan
Origin Taiwan
Date Imported to Osaka in 1906 and 1916 (origin of Kinki District population). Imported to Ishigakijima in 1960.
Route Deliberate: Escape from exhibition.
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 Madagascar and Hawaii (from continental China)
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)
  • etc.