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Northern Snakehead

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Northern snakehead
Scientific Name:
Channa argus (ITIS)
Common Name:
Northern Snakehead
Photo:
Northern snakehead, open mouth showing sharp teeth, Photo by U.S. Geological Survey
Native To:
Eastern Asia (NAS Database)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
First established population discovered in Maryland in 2002 (NAS Database)
Means of Introduction:
Released from fish markets (NAS Database)
Impact:
Preys on and competes with native species (NAS Database)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status

Federally Regulated

  • DOI. FWS. Fish and Aquatic Conservation.

    Includes species listed as injurious wildlife under the Federal Lacey Act, which makes it illegal in the United States to import, export, or transport between States without a permit. Regulation of transport or use within a State is the responsibility of each State. Possession of a species within State boundaries is also the responsibility of each State and is not regulated by an injurious wildlife listing. Injurious wildlife are wild mammals, wild birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, crustaceans, mollusks and their offspring or eggs that are injurious to the interests of human beings, agriculture, horticulture, forestry, wildlife or wildlife resources of the U.S. Plants and organisms other than those stated above cannot be listed as injurious wildlife.
    See also: Injurious Wildlife: A Summary of the Injurious Provisions of the Lacey Act (Dec 2017; PDF | 401 KB)

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Selected Resources

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Council or Task Force

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force.

Partnership

IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program (Canada).
Northeast Aquatic Nuisance Species Panel.

New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Federal Government

Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marine Invasions Research Lab.
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
Provides distribution maps and collection information (State and County).
DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.
See also: FWS Outreach and Education for more fact sheets
DOI. USGS. Wetland and Aquatic Research Center.
U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1251; Researched and funded by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

State and Local Government

Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

See also: Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage
Arizona Game and Fish Department.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species for additional risk analyses and related species information
Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Fisheries Service.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Academic

Pennsylvania State University. Pennsylvania Sea Grant.
See also: Aquatic Invasive Species: Resources for additional species information
Columbia University. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation.
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation.

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