Forest snakehead

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

The forest snakehead (Channa lucius) is a species of snakehead, a fish of the family Channidae. Its range includes most of Southeast Asia and parts of southern China, it lives in forest streams and can reach 40 cm (16 in) in length.[1] The forest snakehead is known in Thai language as pla krasong (Thai: ปลากระสง).[2] Khmer language called it កញ្ជនជៃ (kanh chon chey) while in malaysia, they called it Ikan Bujuk (Bujuk Fish) in Malay Language

A genetic study published in 2017 indicates that C. lucius is a species complex.[3]


Channa lucius

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. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). "Channa lucius" in FishBase. January 2019 version.
  2. ^ Fishes of Thailand (in Thai)
  3. ^ Conte-Grand, C., Britz, R., Dahanukar, N., Raghavan, R., Pethi-yagoda, R., Tan, H.H., Hadiaty, R.K., Yaakob, N.S. & Rüber, L. (2017). Barcoding snakeheads (Teleostei, Channidae) re-visited: Discovering greater species diversity and resolving perpetuated taxonomic confusions. PLoS ONE, 12 (9): e0184017.

External links[edit]

  • "Channa lucius". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 18 April 2006.