Channa cyanospilos

{pronunciation} cy-anno-spill-oss

First description:

Bleeker, P. 1853.
Ophicephalus cyanospilos.
Diagnostische besschrijvingen van Sumatra.
Nat. Tids. Ned. Ind. Vol 4, pp 243-302.


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.


D: 38-43 A: 24-26 C: 12-15 P:15 V: present (6) Ratio: 2.9




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.


208 mm.

Geographical location:

Telok Betong, Southern Sumatra (Bleeker 1853); Lake Toba, Northern Sumatra Volz (1904); Sungei Wumbih, Northern Sumatra Ng and Lim (1991).