Blotched snakehead

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Blotched snakehead
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anabantiformes
Family: Channidae
Genus: Channa
Species: C. maculata
Binomial name
Channa maculata
Synonyms [3]
  • Ophicephalus guentheri Sauvage & Dabry de Thiersant, 1874
  • Ophicephalus tadianus Jordan & Evermann, 1902
  • Ophiocephalus marmoratus Brind, 1914

The blotched snakehead (Channa maculata) is a species of snakehead native to southern China and northern Vietnam, but has been widely introduced to other countries, where it is an invasive species.[3] This predatory species typically grows to a length of 20–30 cm (7.9–11.8 in),[4] but it has been confirmed at 33 cm (13 in) and some suggest it may reach a far larger size.[3]


  1. ^ "Channa maculata". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Channa maculata" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
  3. ^ a b c "Channa maculata (Lacepde, 1802)". United States Geological Survey. November 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ SeriouslyFish: Channa maculata. Retrieved 27 June 2014.