Morphology Data of Channa lucius
Identification keys
Main Ref. Musikasinthorn, P. and Y. Taki, 2001
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section oval
Dorsal head profile clearly concave
Type of eyes more or less normal
Type of mouth/snout more or less normal
Position of mouth superior
Type of scales

Patch of scales present on gular portion. Head and body with 2 bold stripes running from the tip of the snout to the middle of the caudal fin, one on the upper and the other on the lower part of the body; with growth the bands gradually break up into several (5-9) black blotches in adults (Ref. 41526). Belly with oblique bars; 5 scale rows between lateral line and base of anterior dorsal rays (Ref. 43281).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Channa lucius

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 51 - 70
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 6.5
Scale rows below lateral line 11 - 16
Scales around caudal peduncle 21 - 26
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
preanal 39 - 43
total 43 - 48


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 37 - 41
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate; more or less normal

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 25 - 30

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   16 - 19
Pelvics Attributes  more or less normal
Position    abdominal  behind origin of D1
Soft-rays   6 - 6
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Reyes, Rodolfo B.
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