Channa barb

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Channa barb
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Eechathalakenda
Menon, 1999
Species: E. ophicephalus
Binomial name
Eechathalakenda ophicephalus
(B. S. Raj, 1941)

Barbus ophicephalus Raj, 1941 Puntius ophicephalus Raj, 1941

The Channa barb (Eechathalakenda ophicephalus) (formerly Puntius ophicephalus), is a species of cyprinid fish endemic to India where it occurs in hill streams in forested areas. This species can reach a length of 19.6 centimetres (7.7 in) TL.[2] This species is also found in the aquarium trade. This species is the only member of its genus.[3]


  1. ^ Ali, A. & Raghavan, R. 2011. Eechathalakenda ophicephalus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. < Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.>. Downloaded on 17 January 2014.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Eechathalakenda ophicephalus" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  3. ^ Pethiyagoda, R., Meegaskumbura, M. & Maduwage, K. (2012): A synopsis of the South Asian fishes referred to Puntius (Pisces: Cyprinidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, 23 (1): 69–95.