Orangespotted Snakehead

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Channa aurantimaculata - Musikasinthorn, 2000
Orangespotted Snakehead

A relatively small snakehead from the Assam region of India.

[edit] Overview

This a relatively new and distinctive snakehead from the Assam region of India, where it is found in the same waters as the smaller Rainbow Snakehead.

It is not a dwarf, but smaller than the tankbuster Channa species that have given this family such a bad reputation among aquarists and wildlife biologists in places where they have become invasive.

As a carnivorous predator, it is best kept in a species tank or only with large, self-assured tankmates that are not likely to become prey.

NOTE: The importation, sale, and possession of all snakeheads has been banned in the United States since 2003. See: Snakeheads: Invasive Aquatic Aliens.

Family: Channidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Found in the wild in rainforest streams, ponds, swamps, flooded forests. It uses aquatic plants to hide as it waits to ambush passing prey.

Maximum length: 40 cm (16 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 681 L (180 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (295 K, 72 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom to midwater.

[edit] Feeding

Carnivore. Will eat most meaty foods, including smaller fishes and ornamental crustaceans.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Will eat fishes smaller than itself, and is not to trusted with ornamental shrimps. May be kept with extra-large barbs or Botia species, but enthusiasts usually give them a species tank of their own.

[edit] Special Care

Must be able to breath at the surface and will suffocate if keep in bagful of water without airspace.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation


Image credit: JJ
Text credit: JL
Facts about Orangespotted SnakeheadRDF feed
Common name Orangespotted Snakehead  +
Family Channidae  +
Genus Channa  +
Image credit JJ  +
Maximum length 16 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 180 gal  +
Native range Asia  +, India  +, and Brahmaputra River Basin  +
Specific name aurantimaculata  +
Swimming level Bottom to midwater.  +
Text credit JL  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 295 K (22 °C, 72 °F)  +
Water type Freshwater  +