Den største fanget på sportsfiskeutstyr veide 1kg. Once believed to be the sole species in the genus, it is among the largest freshwater fish. The species is an obligate air-breather and needs to come to the surface regularly to gulp air.

I wanna talk about arapaima. A diver shares a tank with an adult arapaima fish at an aquarium in Manaus, Brazil.

Found in the Amazon river, these giant fish are as ancient as they are large. It can breathe air, allowing it to survive in pools with low water levels or decaying vegetation. It was not present in Animal Forest.

The arapaima is a river fish that appears in late summer. ON EXHIBIT: River Giants exhibit in River Journey. This is the largest fish found strictly in fresh water.

They have a very primitive lung.

But a whole lot of other creatures in the Amazon have every right to fear them— except for the arapaima. This beast grows to feet long and is covered with armored scales, making it an apex predator of incredible proportions . Its local name derives from the indigenous words for red and fish, a reference either to the striking red flecks on the scales towards the tail or the reddish-orange colour of the filleted flesh. See photos of the arapaima featured on River Monsters. Taxonomic Source(s):, Eschmeyer, W. Catalog of Fishes: genera, species, references.

Fargen er grå med sterke røde og blå striper. Den forekommer i Brasils og Guyanas elver. En god matfisk som det nå er satt i . Arapaima , benfiskart i ordenen bentungefisker. Synonym:Pangasius gigas. Pirarucus have teeth on their tongues and on the roof of their mouths.

The prey of adults pirarucu is other fish, but the juveniles have a more diverse diet. Its massive scales are used as nail files by people living in the area. One of the largest freshwater fishes in the worl the pirarucu attains a length of nearly metres (feet) and a weight of 2kg (4pounds).

The fish has a peculiar profile in that the front of the body . International trade restricted (CITES II, since .75). South America: Amazon River basin. This massive dinosaur-like predator is essentially unchanged since the Jurassic age and is the inspiration for a local Amazonian legend.

Credit: Sergio Ricardo de Oliveira. It is also colloquially known as Paiche (pronounced pie-CHAY or pie-CHEE).