Barca Snakehead (Channa barca)

Also known as Indian Snakehead, Tiger Snakehead


Also known as Indian Snakehead, Tiger Snakehead.

Found singly, or in pairs, over rivers and in hill streams. They have vertical burrows, along the margins of large rivers, and wetlands, these are mainly used in the dry season, where there will be a large chamber, leading to the ground water table.
They feed on small fish, insects, plankton, and snails.
Juveniles found in small schools.
Length - 100cm
Depth - 0-?m
Asia - Bangladesh, India

This is an airbreathing fish through suprabranchial organ.
An important fish in aquaculture and is commonly used in rice-fish farming, also an excellent food fish. Ref:


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