Study Of Museum Specimen Of Channa with Comment & Diagram

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Channa is found in the fresh waters of India, Burma, Ceylon, Malaya, Thailand, China, Formosa and the Island of East Archipelago.


i) Channa is commonly called live-fish and popularly known as snake-heads.

ii) Body is elongated, anteriorly cylindrical and posteriorly compressed and covered with cycloid scales.

iii) It may grow to the length of 45 cm.

iv) Head depressed and covered with large cycloid scales.

v) Dorsal and anal fins are single, long and without spines.

vi) Gill – opening is wide and lateral in position.

vii) Accessory breathing organs are present.

viii) Air- bladder is present and much elongated.

ix) They are carnivorous.

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