Forest snakehead

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Forest snakehead
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Channa lucius
from Mentaya Hulu, Central Kalimantan
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anabantiformes
Family: Channidae
Genus: Channa
Species: C. lucius
Binomial name
Channa lucius
(G. Cuvier, 1831).
Channa lucius

The forest snakehead (Channa lucius) is a species of snakehead, a fish of the family Channidae. It lives in forest streams and can reach 40 cm in length. Its range includes most of Southeast Asia and parts of southern China. The forest snakehead is known in Thai language as pla krasong (Thai: ปลากระสง).[1] Khmer language called it កញ្ជនជៃ (kanh chon chey)


It has a distinct series of port-hole markings on the side and has a more tapering head compared to other snakeheads. Juveniles are pale and have three lateral stripes from head to tail.


  1. ^ Fishes of Thailand (in Thai)

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