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Scientific Name: Channa punctata (Bloch, 1793)
English Name: Spotted Snakehead, Green Snakehead
Bengali Name: Taki
Availability: It is found in river, streams, beels, ponds, ditches generally in floodplains and also found in rice field and irrigation channels throughout the country. (Rahman 2005).
Habitat and Ecology : They are carnivorous (voracious) and predatory to fish, prefers stagnant water and muddy stream, prolific breeder and shows rapid development (Talwer and Jhingran 1991) and found in fresh and brackish waters as benthopelagic species.
Justification: Chana punctata is widely distributed in the country in all types of water bodies. The fish is relatively commmon within all of its habitat ranges. it is found in good numbers in markets. The threats to the species are general. Thus the species is assessd as Least Concern.
[Source: Red List of Bangladesh, Volume 5: Freshwater Fishes]