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Channa pulchra

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Channa pulchra
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Anabantiformes
Family: Channidae
Genus: Channa
C. pulchra
Binomial name
Channa pulchra
Britz, 2007

Channa pulchra is a species of snakehead fish in the family Channidae which is native to Myanmar. It was first described in 2007 by R. Britz from a specimen collected from the Kyeintali Chaung (stream) basin in Rakhine Yoma, western Myanmar.[2] The fish is found in streams that are fast flowing, clear, highly oxygenated and relatively cold (subtropical). It is of little food value but getting popularity as an aquarium fish recently.[1][3][4][5]

Although it has been referred to as a dwarf snakehead,[2] it can reach a total length of up to 30 cm (12 in).[3] C. pulchra is closely related to C. ornatipinnis and C. stiktos.[6]


  1. ^ a b Britz, R. (2010). "Channa pulchra". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T168502A6503987. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T168502A6503987.en. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b Britz, R. (2007). Channa ornatipinnis and C. pulchra, two new species of dwarf snakeheads from Myanmar (Teleostei: Channidae). Ichthyol. Explor. Freshwat. 18(4): 335-344.
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2019). "Channa pulchra" in FishBase. August 2019 version.
  4. ^ "Channa pulchra". Aquachange (in French). 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  5. ^ "Channa pulchra". Practical Fishkeeping Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  6. ^ Lalramliana, J. D. M. Knight, D. V. Lalhlimpuia and M. Singh (2018). Integrative taxonomy reveals a new species of snakehead fish, Channa stiktos (Teleostei: Channidae), from Mizoram, North Eastern India. Vertebrate Zoology 68 (2): 165-175.