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Common Name(s): Forest Snakehead
Scientific Name: Channa Lucius
Local Name(s): [Md]斑礼鱼(Ban1 Li3 Yu2), [Hk]Sua Pah Luui Heur, [My]Ikan Bujok
Precaution: Harmless
Edible: Yes
CNR Time: 3 mins

This uncommon snakehead resides in small streams within forests. They are very well adapted to shallow waters and favour streams with cover and leaf litter. Their main diet are small fishes and prawns that are common in the stream as well as preying for frogs along the stream.

The snakehead can be easily identified by a series black blotches along its body with speckled pectoral fins. Its head is also more tapered(looking from the top) compared to other snakeheads. It doesn't grow as large as the haruan or toman with typical sizes of 20-30cm but can grow as big as 40cm.

This snakehead is almost endangered in Singapore and should be released back into its habitat if caught.

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Reference: Fishbase, RMBR


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