Morphology Data of Channa pomanensis
Identification keys
Main Ref. Gurumayum, S.D. and L. Tamang, 2016
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
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales

Channa pomanensis can be distinguished from all othe channid species occurring in Brahmaputra River basin in India and small hillstream in northern and southern Rakhine State, Myanmar by having the following ocmbination of characters: body with 7 oblique bands, extending to lateral line; a thin preorbital streak; black to brown and broad to thin postorbital streak that confluence with brown to duky cross band across occipital region; light brown somewhat elongate spots on body mostly below lateral line; 2 cycloid sclaes on either underside of lower jaw; 47-51 lateral line scales; dorsal fin with 36-38 rays; anal fin with 25-26 rays; 42-45 total vertebrae; 7-8 predorsal scales; absence of numerous large black spots on postorbital region of head and opercles; transverse scale rows above lateral line 4 1/2 -5 1/2; transverse scale rows between lateral line and anal-fin origin 7 1/2- 8 1/2; presence of pelvic fins (Ref. 116756).1

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Channa pomanensis

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 47 - 51
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line 4.5 - 5.5
Scale rows below lateral line 7.5 - 8.5
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb
on upper limb
total 42 - 45


Dorsal fin(s)

Attributes extending over most of the back length
Fins number 1
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 36 - 38
Adipose fin absent

Caudal fin

Attributes more or less truncate

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 25 - 26

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  more or less normal
Soft-rays   14 - 16
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   5 - 5
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
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