The Boga (Leporinus obtusidens) is a species of fish endemic to South America. It inhabits the basins of the
Paraná River and the Río de la Plata, the Uruguay River, and the São Francisco River (including minor rivers and tributaries). It may be found in the main courses and streams, as well as in lakes and lagoons. It often shelters among stones and aquatic vegetation. The common name “˜Boga”˜ is often applied to other species of fish that are unrelated to this one.

The Boga has an elongated wide body, with a small head and a blunt mouth. It has teeth that look much like that of Lagomorphs (hares and rabbits). Its basic color is light green-gray with three rounded dark spots at mid-flank, that may not be visible in some specimens. Eight broad vertical streaks are visible on juveniles, that join at the back. Depending on area, feeding habits, opportunities and exploitation, the weight can vary greatly in this species from 4.5 pounds to an exceptional 17.5 pounds. Lengths are between 15.5 and 31.5 inches in adults.

The Boga is an omnivore. Its diet includes water plants, crabs and river snails. However, it prefers grain and seeds, and it often gathers near ports, where cargo ships drop grains into the water. It is preyed upon by larger fish like the surubí and the sábalo. It prefers warm waters and reproduces in spring and summer, starting at 2 years of age.

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