Channa burmanica

{pronunciation} bur-man-i-ka

First description:

Chaudhuri, B.L. 1919
Channa burmanica Fish from Burma.
Records of the Indian Museum. Vol.XVI.; pp.284-286.


This fish does not posess ventral fins, moreover under the chin are a series of mucous glands. Posterior to these are some slight corrugations, which coupled to the edge of the gill membranes, probably help the fish to 'stick' to rocks in the torrential current.


D: 38 A: 28 C: 12 P: 12 V: absent Ratio: 2.6 Ll: 51


The colourless dorsal has its end tipped with pure white. Both anal and caudal are also clear, with the latter displaying alternate banded black and white transverse stripes. In sharp contrast, the pectoral fins are variegated in bright white with broad black bands and a ring- shaped, white zone at the root of the fin.

The body is a dark brown, lightening to a dull white below.

Juvenile differences in colouration: In the young there are transverse oblique stripes of a deeper shade on a light brown/grey body (Chaudhuri 1919).


106 mm.

Geographical location: From the mountain rivers and streams of Northern Burma.


If this rare fish does one day swim in our aquariums, it can be reasonably assumed that the captive enviroment must be similar to it's natural habitat of clear, fast flowing water. This can be achieved by the addition of a standard internal mechanical filter.