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Snakehead Identified By CSI-type Study
2013-11-26 07:41:39

Simon Fraser University Several Canadian biologists, including two at Simon Fraser University, are breathing a collective sigh of relief after learning that a monstrous fish found in a Burnaby, B.C. pond is not a northern snakehead. But they say their discovery that the half-meter-long, 3.7-kg snakehead fished out of Burnaby Central Park’s lagoon last December was a blotched snakehead, or a blotched/northern hybrid is still a serious concern. Their findings are in a new study,...

2011-02-28 09:30:00

Conservation and fishing groups are calling on the federal government to improve outdated laws and prevent the next invasion WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Asian carp were allowed into this country under a law governing animal imports that was passed in 1900, and which has remained unchanged, despite a drastically different global trade reality. As two species of Asian carp, bighead and silver, knock at the door of the Great Lakes, conservation and fishing groups are...

2007-06-06 06:00:13

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ A lazy Sunday afternoon, Mother's Day, like many Barry Faw had spent fishing on Lake Wylie. Until he lobbed a plastic lizard into the shallow backwater and "a wake started through the water, following the lure like a torpedo." Instead of the largemouth bass he'd hoped for, Faw had hooked a 13-pound northern snakehead, a toothy predator that doesn't belong in the Catawba River or anywhere else outside Asia. Alone in a 13-foot kayak, Faw went jaw-to-jaw with one of the...

2005-08-03 16:45:36

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The snakehead fish, a voracious predator from Asia, has taken up residence in a lake in New York, and experts are mulling options, including salt and poison, to evict it. Snakeheads, which can grow to about three feet long, have the capacity to ravage the local fish population. This is the first time these fish have surfaced in New York State and environmentalists are racing against the clock to prevent them multiplying in lakes and rivers, as has occurred in some...

2005-02-15 07:33:02

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- A group of Western county commissioners who have problems with the Endangered Species Act has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the northern snakehead, an Asian fish that's invaded the East, protected under the act. A Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said injurious species are exempted from protection under the act. But Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner, along with commissioners from 12 other Western states, hope their petition will...

Latest Channidae Reference Libraries

2007-03-26 13:12:26

The Giant snakehead is the largest in the Channidae family, capable of growing over 50 inches. It is widely distributed in the freshwater of Southeast Asia and some regions of India. The scientific name of the giant snakehead is Channa micropeltes, and other names include Red snakehead and Ikan toman (where Ikan is Malay for fish). The young of the Giant snakehead is red in color, with orange and black lateral stripes appearing after about two months. As the Giant snakehead matures, they...

2007-03-26 13:10:26

The Northern snakehead (Channa argus) is a fish native to China, Russia, and Korea. In the United States, the fish is considered to be a highly invasive species. The distinguishing features of the northern snakehead are a long dorsal fin, small head, large mouth, big teeth, length up to 40 in (1.0 m), and weight up to 15 lb (7 kg). The northern snakehead is a freshwater species and cannot tolerate salinity in excess of ten parts per thousand (Courtenay and Williams 2004). The fish's...

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