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Channa harcourtbutleri

Channa harcourtbutleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Superclass: Osteichthyes
Class: Actinopterygii
Subclass: Neopterygii
Infraclass: Teleostei
Superorder: Acanthopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Channidae
Genus: Channa
Species: C. harcourtbutleri
Binomial name
Channa harcourtbutleri
(Annandale, 1918)

Ophiocephalus harcourt-butleri Annandale, 1918
Channa harbourtbutleri (lapsus)

Channa harcourtbutleri is a species of snakehead endemic to Inle Lake[1] and surroundings[2] in Myanmar. Locally called nga ohn-ma, among aquarists it is known as one of the "dwarf snakeheads", but no significant import for aquarists is known. It is one of the smallest species of snakehead and has a length of 20 cm. The specific name honors Sir Harcourt Butler, a British governor in the region.[1]

This was for a long time considered to be a junior synonym of Channa gachua. In fact, both species closely resemble each other. The article on its revalidation[3] only mentions three discriminating features, such as the missing ocellus in the dorsal fin of a juvenile Channa harcourtbutleri. It is suspected to be a mouthbrooder and eats a wide range of foods, including arthropods and small fish, but unlike in some relatives, no frogs.


  1. ^ a b Annandale (1918)
  2. ^ Roberts (2007)
  3. ^ Ng et al. (1999)


  • Annandale, Nelson Theodore (1918): Fish and fisheries of the Inle Lake. Records of the Indian Museum 14(1): 33-64. HTML fulltext
  • Ng, H.H.; Ng, Peter K.L. & Britz, Ralf (1999): Channa harcourtbutleri (Annandale, 1918): a valid species of snakehead (Perciformes: Channidae) from Myanmar. Journal of South Asian Natural History 4: 57-63. HTML fulltext
  • Roberts, Tyson R. (2007): The "Celestial pearl danio", a new genus and species of colourful minute cyprinid fish from Myanmar (Pisces: Cypriniformes). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 55(1): 131-140. PDF fulltext

External links

  • "Channa harcourtbutleri".  
  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2005). "Channa harcourtbutleri in FishBase. November 2005 version.
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