Morphology Data of Channa pulchra
Identification keys
Main Ref. Britz, R., 2007
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section circular
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Can be differentiated from all congeners by its unique color pattern consisting of a number of small back spots on the cheeks (less than half of pupil size), usually 4 white semicircular narrow bands on pectoral fin, one anterior dorsal fin blotch, series of reddish-orange blotches and numerous tiny black spots on the body (Ref. 75135).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Channa pulchra

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 43 - 46
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 4.5
Scale rows below lateral line 7.5 - 7.5
Scales around caudal peduncle 28 - 28
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 44 - 45


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 34 - 36
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total 0 - 0
Soft-rays total 23 - 25

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Spines     0
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Torres, Armi G.
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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