Metadata

Aenigmachanna gollum

Britz, Anoop, Dahanukar and Raghavan 2019

ORDERSUB-ORDERFAMILY
AnabantiformesChannoideiChannidae

Synonyms

None.

Country

India

Types

Holotype: BNHS FWF 966 90.2mm SL. Paratype: BNHS FWF 967 80.1mm SL

Distribution

Known only from the type locality: Oorakam, Malappuram, Kerala, India (11o03'52"N, 76o01'00"E).

Habitat

Not known. The fishes were collected from a flooded paddy field and the actual habitat has not been discovered.

Systematics

This species is considerably divergent from the genera Channa and Parachanna under a cox1 analysis (Britz et al. 2019). Much further work is necessary in order to understand its relationships within the Family.

A COI sequence shows a 12.3% distance bewtween A. gollum and the only other species in the genus A. mahabali (Kumar et al. 2019).

Biological Notes

Nothing known.

Conservation Status

TLO [NE]

Museum Holdings

As above only.

Key References

Conte-Grand, C., Britz, R., Dahanukar, N., Raghavan, R., Pethiyagoda, R., Tan, H.H., Hadiaty, R.K., Yaakob, N.S. and Ruber, L. Journal Article 2017 Barcoding snakeheads (Teleostei, Channidae) revisited: Discovering greater species diversity and resolving perpetuated taxonomic confusions
Britz, R., Anoop, V.K., Dahanukar, H. and Raghavan, R. Journal Article 2019 The subterranean Aenigmachanna gollum, a new genus and species of snakehead (Teleostei: Channidae) from Kerala, India
Kumar, R.G., Basheer, V.S. and Ravi, C. Journal Article 2019 Aenigmachanna mahabali, a new species of troglophilic snakehead (Pisces: Channidae) from Kerala, India
Rüber, L., Tan, H.H. and Britz, R. Journal Article 2019 Snakehead (Teleostei: Channidae) diversity and the Eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot