Scientific Name: Channa punctatus
Tamil Name: Korava
Description: This is a medium sized snakehead identified by its pale brownish coloration with numerous spots and stripes on the body and fins. The young are blackish on color with a bright yellow lateral line from head to tail.
Habitat & distribution: It is distributed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Myanmar extending upto China. It is widespread in India occurring largely in the plains upto 6oo m MSL. They are capable of leaping out of the water. It lives in lakes, ditches and ponds. It also inhabits lakes , estuaries and ponds.
Note: They feed mainly on other fish. The spotted snaked head breeds throughout the year. The floating eggs are laid in shallow water with silty substrate. The eggs are amber colored and hatch in a day and the young one (fry) are colorless and develop a yellow lateral stripe in about a week’s time. The young ones look like tadpoles ad form large shoals. As they grow they become more solitary by nature.
Photo: Dr J D Marcus Knight