Arapaima (Arapaima gigas)

Also known as Giant Arapaima, Pirarucu


Also known as Giant Arapaima, Pirarucu.

Found in freshwaters of the Amazon River Basin. These fish are known to leap out of the water when threatened! Considered the largest of freshwater fish, as they can reach a length of 450cm! They build a nest on the sandy bottom when spawning to guard their young.
They feed on crustaceans and fish.
Length - 200cm
Depth - ?m
South America - Amazon River Basin

The name "bonytongues" is derived from a toothed bone on the floor of the mouth, the "tongue", equipped with teeth that bite against teeth on the roof of the mouth. The arowana is a facultative air breather and can obtain oxygen from air by sucking it into its swim bladder. Ref:


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