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Scientific Name: Channa striatas (Bloch, 1793)
English Name: Snakehead Murrel
Bengali Name: Shol
Availability: It occurs in rivers, beels, baors, streams, ponds,ditches, swamps and floodplains throughout Bangladesh (Rahman 2005, Ahmed and Akhter 2008).
Habitat and Ecology: It occurs usually in all freshwater bodies. They are carnivorous, bottom dweller, prefer stagnant muddy water and grassy tanks, breed in ditches, ponds and flooded paddy fields in rainy season (Talwer and Jhingran 1991).
Justification: It is the most common species of the genus Channa next to Channa punctata and widely distributed in all freshwater bodies in the country and no major known threat is observed. Therefore, this species is assessed as Least Concern.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]