And they relish spraying water at the carers as they pass within their range.
- Scientific name:
- Arapaima gigas
- Osteoglossidae /Arapaimidae
- Year of description:
- Schinz, 1822
- IUCN Status:
- Data Deficient
The arapaima gigas lives in the Amazon River basin in South America.
The arapaima gigas lives in fresh water, in the Amazon River and its large tributaries.
The arapaima gigas measures 2.5 metres in length on average and weighs 200 kg.
It feeds on fish, but sometimes varies its menu by catching birds. It grabs them as it leaps out of the water.
- Conservation program:
It has protection and control measures in place for its trade.