The Arapaima, or Arapaima gigas, the largest freshwater fish in the world! They can grow up to 15 feet long when full grown!
The Arapaima lives in South America among Freshwater Stingrays, Black Pacu, and Arawana in the Amazon River, the largest river basin in the world! This basin covers approximately 2,720,000 square miles, which is about 40% of South America!
They feed on small fishes and other creatures that can be found lurking in the murky water. Arapaima build large nests for their young between April and May and then guard the eggs and young until they can fend for themselves.
These fish are obligate air breathers which means they need to come up to the surface to inhale the oxygen rich air directly. The Arapaima does this rather noisily making a large slapping sound!