:Channa ScopliScientific name
:Channa Striatus (Bloch)English name
:Stripped snake-headKannada name
:Kuchhu, kanduDistinguishing charecters
:D - 37 - 46, P - 15 - 17, V - 6, A - 23 - 29, C - 13, L.L. - 50 - 57, L.tr. - 4 ½ - 7 / 9 - 7
:Krishna, Cauvery, Godavary and West-flowing river drainages.
Description :Body elongated and fairly rounded. Eyes moderate. Mouth large. Pectoral fin about 2 times in head length. Caudal fin rounded. Scales on summit of head large.
Dark-grayish or blackish superiorly, dirty white or yellowish white beneath; cheeks and lower surface of mouth streaked and spotted with gray; bands of gray or black from sides to
abdomen. Some spots and bars at posterior end of dorsal fin, ventrals and anal grayish, with some whitish lines or spots along base of latter. In the young there is occasionally a large black
ocellus at end of base of dorsal, and the body may be destitute of any marks.
Back to Fishes of Karnataka