Arowana are not picky eaters and will eat other fish, insects and water fowl. What is interesting about them is how they catch those animals. Rather than wait for a beetle or small bird to land in the water, arowana will wait by the shore for their prey to arrive, then leap out of the water and catch them. This jumping behavior has earned them the nickname ‘water monkey’.
Coloration is silver-white
Body is elongated with large, heavy scales
Head is large
Dorsal and anal fins both extend the length of the body
Females produce a small number of eggs each spawning season, so to increase their chance of survival, the male will carry the eggs, larvae and juveniles in its mouth for approximately two months. During this period the male does not eat.
While considered one of the most popular ornamental fish from South America, the arowana’s population has not been evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). As a result, the current status of the population is unknown.
24 to 30 inches (60 to 80 centimeters)
Fish, large insects, and occasionally water fowl
Amazon River basin