Specimen Information

Channa micropeltes
Channa micropeltes
(Giant Snakehead)
Fishes
Exotic

Specimen ID164833
GroupFishes
GenusChanna
Speciesmicropeltes
Common NameGiant Snakehead
StateTN
CountyShelby
LocalityPoplar Tree Lake in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park [~5 mi N of Memphis]
Mapping AccuracyAccurate
HUC8 NameLower Mississippi-Memphis
HUC8 Number08010100
HUC10 NameMemphis-Mississippi River
HUC10 Number0801010007
HUC12 NameBrinkley Bayou-Mississippi River
HUC12 Number080101000702
Map
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Collection Day12
Collection Month12
Collection Year2005
Year AccuracyActual
Potential Pathwayreleased aquarium
Statusfailed
Reference 1
Ref. Number:14957
Author:Brasher, B.
Date:2006
Title:Snakes alive! Even dead, it's worry.
Reference 2
Ref. Number:14962
Author:Brasher, B.
Date:2006
Title:A case of mistaken identity for vicious fish; Shelby Forest snakehead not THAT snakehead.
Publisher:Commercialappeal.com
Issue:January 19
Reference 3
Ref. Number:15591
Author:Schroeder, O.
Date:2006
Title:State appears to have avoided snakefish fear.
Publisher:theleafchronicle.com
Issue:5 February
CommentsMisidentified in news reports as C. argus. Specimen collected was found dead floating in the lake. See voucher photos. This species will not survive in a temperate climate.
Record TypeLiterature
Earliest Recordstate
DisposalU. of Memphis
VerifierDr. Walt Courtenay, USGS
Freshwater/MarineFreshwater
Number Collected1
Size17 inches
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