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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

Silver arowana

Silver arowana

Facts

LatinOsteoglossum bicirrhosum
Size90 cm
FoodBirds, insects and fish
HabitatAt the surface in slow moving tributaries and flooded forests
IUCN

Not evaluated

LocationThe Amazon basin in South America
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A surly fish

The silver arowana looks surly. This is because its mouth is turned upward. But it is a smart fish because it catches its prey at the water's surface.

Sees in all directions

The silver arowana's eye can see in all directions. One eye looks up for prey, and the other looks downward to keep an eye on what is happening.

High jumper

The arowana can jump up to 2 metres out of the water in search of large insects and small birds. It often leaps between overhanging branches of trees along the river. The animals it catches quickly disappear between its jaws. It's no coincidence that the silver arowana is known by locals as the 'monkey fish'.


Arapaima

Piranha

Stream aquarium

Under the riverbank

River cichlids

The plants in the river

Angelfish

Armored predators

Discusfish

Poison Frog

African river

Archerfish

Endangered species

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Malawi