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Giant Amazon Fish Becoming Extinct In Some Fishing

Giant Amazon Fish Becoming Extinct In Some Fishing Communities

Virginia Tech An international team of scientists has discovered that a large, commercially important fish from the Amazon Basin has become extinct in some local fishing communities. The team compared mainstream bioeconomic theory — which...

Latest Osteoglossidae Stories

New Air Breathing Amazonian Fish
2013-10-15 13:06:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new, air-breathing Amazonian fish reported in the journal Copeia marks the first time a new species of arapaima has been identified since 1847. Dr. Donald Stewart of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry discovered the species dubbed Arapaima leptosoma while attempting to reclassify arapaimas, which is among the world's largest freshwater fish. Arapaimas can grow up to 10-feet in length and weigh 440 pounds. The...

2012-02-09 18:20:29

It´s a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner? The surprising answer–given the notorious guillotine-like bite of the piranha–is Brazil´s massive Arapaima fish. The secret to Arapaima´s success lie in its intricately designed scales, which could provide “bioinspiration” for engineers looking to develop flexible ceramics. The inspiration for this study...

2008-10-06 00:00:20

IPOH: While acknowledging that the fish population in the Perak waterways is dwindling, state Fisheries Department director Sani Mohd Isa said there could be other reasons. "The peacock bass problem cannot possibly be the main reason why fishermen were hauling in lesser fish these days. "The peacock bass might be one reason for the reduction of local fish and prawn species in our rivers, but we have not received any report on it." Sani said the department would investigate the problem....


Latest Osteoglossidae Reference Libraries

Asian Arowana, Scleropages formosus
2013-10-17 08:51:48

The Asian Arowana (Scleropages formosus) comprises several phenotypic varieties of freshwater fish that are distributed geographically across Southeast Asia. As they are native to Southeast Asia, Asian Arowana inhabits blackwater rivers and slow moving water flowing through the forested swamps and wetlands. The adults feed on other fish while the juveniles feed on insects. These popular aquarium fish have special cultural importance in areas that are influenced by the Chinese culture....

Silver Arowana, Osteoglossum Bicirrosum
2012-12-26 17:27:47

The silver arowana is native to South America in the Amazon, Rupununi, and Oyapock rivers. It is a freshwater fish that is commonly kept in aquariums. This fish will spend most of its adult life swimming near the surface feeding. It is also very aggressive towards other silver arowana. The silver arowana is a bony fish that has a long body and very large scales. Both top and bottom fins extend all the way to the tapered tail, which are almost connected together. The mouth slants upward...

African Arowana, Heterotis Niloticus
2012-12-26 17:21:10

The African arowana is native to the African region of Sahelo-Sudanese, Senegal, Gambia, also in the basins of Corubal, Volta, Oueme, Niger, Benoue, and Nile rivers, Lake Chad and Lake Turkana. This species is also found in parts of eastern Africa. The young live in swampy areas where there is an abundant supply of aquatic vegetation, while the adult live in the open water of lakes and rivers. It has been introduced in other countries of Africa and Madagascar, but has been reported by some...

Gulf Saratoga, Scleropages jardinii
2009-06-03 12:31:31

The gulf saratoga, Scleropages jardinii, is regarded as a freshwater bony fish that inhabitates Australia. These fish are found in Northern Australia and New Guinea living in fast-moving water and still water. The gulf saratoga is not endangered or threatened. The gulf saratoga has several names such as Australian bonytongue, northern saratoga, toga and barramundi and its scientific name S. jardinii. The fish has also been known as the Australian arowanas and the saratoga (S. leichardti)....

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