Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Osteoglossiformes > Arapaimidae > Arapaima > Arapaima gigas

Arapaima gigas (Pirarucu; Giant arapaima; Arapaima)

Synonyms: Arapaema gigas; Sudis gigas; Vastres arapaima; Vastres cuvieri
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Wikipedia Abstract

Arapaima gigas is a species of arapaima, once believed to be the sole species in the genus. This species is only known from old museum specimens and its exact native range is unclear.
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Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams
Diet [1]  Carnivore

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve State Sustainable Development Reserve VI 3260792 Amazonas, Brazil  
Reserva de la Biosfera de Yasuni Biosphere Reserve 4156313 Ecuador  


Caiman crocodilus (Common caiman, Spectacled caiman)[2]
Homo sapiens (man)[2]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


South America: Amazon River basin. International trade restricted (<b>CITES</b> II, since 1.7.75). The active fishing of this fish has reduced both the population size, and occurrence of large individuals, especially around the populated regions of the Amazon (Ref. 50891).;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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