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Chocolate cichlid

Chocolate cichlid

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Pearl eartheater

Pearl eartheater

Threadfin acara

Threadfin acara

Flag cichlid

Flag cichlid

Threadfin acara

Threadfin acara

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Redhump eartheater

Red face pike cichlid

Red face pike cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Saddle cichlid

Gilded Catfish

Gilded Catfish

Emerald catfish

Emerald catfish

Dorado

Dorado

Zapoara

Zapoara

Spotted metynnis

Spotted metynnis

Angelfish

Angelfish

Altum angelfish

Altum angelfish

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Itaituba freshwater stingray

Black Shovelnose Catfish

Black Shovelnose Catfish

Acary avion

Acary avion

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Golden Sailfin Pleco

Boa constrictor

Boa constrictor

Scarlet-headed blackbird

Scarlet-headed blackbird

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Violet turaco

Violet turaco

Emerald dove

Emerald dove

Red-throated Parrotfinch

Red-throated Parrotfinch

Gilded Catfish

Gilded Catfish

Facts

LatinBrachyplatystoma rousseauxii
Size190 cm
FoodFish and benthic animals
HabitatAt the bottom of lakes and ponds
IUCN

Least concern

LocationThe Amazon Basin in South America
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Why is the gilded catfish silver?

There is some uncertainty as to why the gilded catfish sparkles. In the wild, it lives in murky and muddy waters. Their shiny skin makes the fish easier to see and may be a tool for communicating with other members of the species.

Travels far to spawn

When it is time for the gilded catfish to spawn, they first embark on a long journey up the tributaries of the Amazon. The trip takes six months and is the longest migration route known among freshwater fish. After the eggs hatch, the fry are carried back downstream with the current so the cycle can begin anew.


Arapaima

Piranha

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The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Veiled chameleon

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi