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The interesting species of the river

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Silver arowana

Silver arowana

Asian arowana

Asian arowana

Black arawana

Black arawana

Zapoara

Zapoara

Disk tetra

Disk tetra

White-blotched river stingray

White-blotched river stingray

Sail fin pleco

Sail fin pleco

Dwarf goonch

Dwarf goonch

Banded leporinus

Banded leporinus

Tucanare peacock bass

Tucanare peacock bass

Watermelon Pleco

Watermelon Pleco

Ripsaw catfish

Ripsaw catfish

Lince Catfish

Lince Catfish

Leopold´s river stingray

Leopold´s river stingray

Facts

LatinPotamotrygon leopoldi
Size40 cm
FoodFish, crustaceans and worms
HabitatSandy and muddy bottom in river and lakes
IUCN

Data deficient

LocationXingu river in South America
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Babies

At the Blue Planet we breed this fish. The juveniles are part of a breeding program between aquariums and zoos around the world. We do this to take care of this species in the future too.

Venomous tail spine

The white-blotched river stingray lives in the Brazilian Xingu river system. It is beautiful but venomous. Its tail is topped with needle-sharp spines and the back of the tail has a venomous tail spine. It makes a terrible wound if the ray defends itself with its tail.

In hiding

The ray is active at night, and during the day it lies buried in the river bottom. This makes it difficult to see. The locals fear the white-blotched river stingray far more than the piranha.

Who's in charge?

When the white-blotched river stingray wants to show who's in charge, they swim across each other. If a stingray swims across another in the aquarium, it is a sign that the uppermost ray is in charge.


Arapaima

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The plants in the river

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Discusfish

Veiled chameleon

African river

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