Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Channidae  
 Genus Channa  
  Channa asiatica  (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Provider: Kwang-Tsao Shao 
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Synonyms:Channa formosanaChanna ocellataChanna sinensisGymnotus asiaticus  details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)
Character: Head moderately large. Snout short. Mouth large and protractile. Lower jaw longer than upper, posterior end of upper jaw reaching posterior margin of eye, both upper and lower jaw with teeth. Barbell absent. Body cylindrical, posterior laterally compressed. Scales large and cycloid, scales on calvaria even larger, lateral line scales complete. L.l.:41-45; dorsal fin rays:27-29; anal fin rays:54-57; dorsal and anal fins long, pelvic fin absent, anus near anal fin origin, caudal fin round, dorsal fin origin above pectoral fin origin. Greenish or dark grayish, ventral surface lighter. Side of body patterned with 8-9 dark stripes in an arrowhead shape 「<」, and the tip toward head. A black blotch on end of caudal peduncle. 
Habitat: Prefer still water or slow-running river with lots of caves and aquatic vegetation to hide, can be found in paddy field, able to breath atmospheric air. Ambush predator, feed on small fish, shrimp and other aquatic creatures. No nests formed, but parental 
Distribution: Native to southern China, including southward from Changjiang River, Taiwan, Hainan Island and Vietnam. Japanese populations were introduced. In Taiwan, its’ native habitats were restricted western portion of Central Mount Range (CMR) and southward till C 
Name Code: 381617
  IUCN Red List:LC     Chen,2012:VU Chen,2012:VU   
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