Steve Lockett wrote:
Can't find the post about this, but remember reading one!
So, on the same lines as the mahseer and mrigal/rohu posts, here goes for murrel
The family Channidae contains 21 species, of which 8 are found in India
I seem to recall part of the debate was about maximum weights, so:
Channa marulius, the Giant Snakehead can attain a maximum weight of 30k in India! Usually, it will measure up to 50cm, so I expect that equates to about 10k max.
It can be recognised by the 'eye' spot on the base of the tail. Called Madinji in Karnataka?
Channa orietalis is the Asiatic or Dwarf Snakehead, it has an 'eye' spot on its dorsal fin and only grows to 13cm! It is possibly known as Mottu in Karnataka?
There is a similar type called C. punctatus, which is paler in colour and can grow to twice the size of orientalis. Known as Kuchi in Karnataka?
Channa striatus, or the Striped Snakehead grows as big as the average Giant Snakehead, but appears to have a much longer head due to the dorsal fin starting further back on the body. It doesn't have an 'eye' spot.
Possibly known as Pooli-kuchi in Karnataka?
naah you got some couple of things wrong m8 xD
The giant snakehead is Channa Micropeltes, it can also be found in India, south west of India ^^... There's 29 discovered species right now among snakeheads.
Most of them exist in India. The snakeheads original origin is India thousands of years ago, but I don't know how they came to the other Asian countries but that's an another story xD .
Channa Marulius is known as the ''bulls eye snakehead'' and they can grow such as big as an Channa Micropeltes.
But I know that these species can be found in India:
and some more, as you guys can see...Most of the snakehead species exist in India, and they've evolved in there for thousands of thousands years.
It's a fantastic fish