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Spotted Snakehead

Channa punctata


Dirty greenish-yellow body colour with incomplete black striations down the side. Had it been longer, could have been mistaken for a snake, I suppose.


It has been raining cyclonic circulation, one depression and monsoon currently active over my city for the better part of the week. Roads are flooded; houses too. There are three large water-bodies in the vicinity which have breached their banks...rainwater, lake water, drain water...all confluent...this fish was swimming on the water running over the road between my house and the neighbour opposite. Taken from my rooftop terrace when i went out to feed the birds...soaked and hungry. This hazy, not so good photos are my reward for this good deed!


People are actually fishing in the water on the road. Thankfully no one was around in the evening. This fish is edible but not preferred by fish-connoisseurs.

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SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

Thank you, Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Well spotted, Sukanya!

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Spotted on Jun 19, 2021
Submitted on Jun 19, 2021

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