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snakehead

Consists of 4 species:

  • Giant Snakehead (Channa micropeltes)

  • Northern Snakehead (Channa argus)

  • Bullseye Snakehead (Channa marulius)

  • Blotched Snakehead (Channa maculata)

Origin:

Southeast Asia

Identification:

Snakeheads have long, fully connected dorsal and anal fins. Adult snakeheads have large visible teeth on both the upper and lower jaws.

Impacts:

The effects of snakehead introductions are widely unknown as the species has only recently been introduced to the United States. Since they are a largely piscivorous fish, it is believed they may directly compete with native predatory fishes such as walleye and pike.

Range Expansion:

It is believed that snakeheads were introduced to lakes and rivers by aquarists and fish markets after care for the animals became difficult and/or expensive.

South Dakota Distribution:

Snakehead have not been found in South Dakota.

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