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Channa pardalis: a new snakehead species

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 31, 2016 09:00 AM
Channa pardalis is a newly described, gorgeous snakehead. It was discovered in northeastern India and is known by aquarists as "Channa sp. Meghalaya leopard." Now it's got a formal name.
Channa pardalis: a new snakehead species

Channa pardalis sp. nov

Snakeheads are oddball fish equipped with air-breathing organs, thus able to breath air from the surface of the water.   Some species remain relatively small, but some get very large; the C.paradalis holotype measured only 13cm (5 inches), but it likely has an adult size circa 25cm (10 inches).  All Channa are territorial and prolific predators, so they can not be kept with fish that will are small enough to eat (ideally kept with fish no smaller than half its size).  More importantly, they are illegal to acquire, import or trade across State lines in the United States because the entire genus is  recognized by the US Fish and Wildlife department as a highly invasive fish.

The new snakehead species is described in the latest publication of the Journal of Threatened Taxa.  Here is a video of a reported rare Channa pardalis (AKA "Channa sp. Meghalaya leopard") in captivity:

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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