First description: Bleeker, P. 1853.
Diagnostische besschrijvingen van Sumatra.
Nat. Tids. Ned. Ind. Vol 4, pp 243-302.
Diagnostic: Volz (1904) and
Weber and de Beaufort (1922) declared
this fish synonymous with Channa striata.
However, this species was re-erected
by Ng and Lim (1991) after two specimens were
captured in Northern Sumatra and later identified as C.cyanospilos.
Meristic: D: 38-43 A: 24-26 C: 12-15 P:15 V: present (6) Ratio: 2.9
Description: The dorsal and anal fin has a tinged, bluish-green basal pigment w
ith a thin, distinct outer white margin and scattered, whitish spots around the posterior.
A similar base colour is exhibited by the caudal, the ray membrane being a brown colour
with occasional white spots. Pelvic fins whitish.
The mid-torso colour is a dark brown. On the lower part of the body,
pale blue to whitish spots are strewn from the snout to the tail.
The head region is more densely patterened.
Size: 208 mm.
Geographical location: Telok Betong, Southern Sumatra (Bleeker 1853);
Lake Toba, Northern Sumatra Volz (1904);
Sungei Wumbih, Northern Sumatra
Ng and Lim (1991).