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(Arapaima gigas), Osteoglossiformes, Osteoglossidae, Heterotidinae, Pirarucu, Paiche
Code Number:
AABV04P07_05
Title:
(Arapaima gigas), Osteoglossiformes, Osteoglossidae, Heterotidinae, Pirarucu, Paiche
This is one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world. The Arapaima uses a labyrinth organ for respiration. This is an organ thick with blood vessels which opens into the fishes mouth. This gives the Arapaima great advantage in oxygen deprived waters as this fish is actually an air-breather.

Length: more than 2 meters (6.6 feet), maximum 2.5 meters (8.2 feet)
Weight: over 100 kg (220 lbs), maximum 200 kg (440 lbs)
Diet: fish, crustaceans, small land animals near the shore

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Osteoglossiformes
Family: Osteoglossidae
Subfamily: Heterotidinae
Genus: Arapaima
(J. P. Muller, 1843)
Species: Arapaima gigas
(Schinz, 1822)
Keywords:
Eyes, the Optical System, sight, vision, Seeing, Looking, Looks, Actinopterygii, Freshwater Fish, Ray-finned Fishes, Fauna, Chordata, Chordates, Animal, Animalia, Underwater, Aquatic, Water, Nature, Osteichthyes, Vertebrate, Vertebrata, Ichthyology, species
Image by:
Wernher Krutein

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