ARAWANA (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)

Caught on fly by top fishing guide Jean Francois Helias (www.anglingthailand.com)

Alejandro Linares witha super arawana caught on lure.


DISTRIBUTION
South America
MAX SIZE:
20 lb / 10 kg
MAX LENGTH:
47 inch / 120 cm
MAX AGE:
Unkonwn
ENVIRONMENT:
Freshwater

Also known as aruan√£, arowana, baiano, sulamba, macaco d’√°qua.
The arawana belongs to a small family of ancient fishes confined to fresh waters in Africa (1 sp), South America (3 sp), and southeastern Asia to Australia (3 sp). While the arawana reaches a respectable 4 ft (118 cm) and 20 lbs (9 kg) another of the “bonytongues” is one of the largest freshwater fishes in the world, the Arapaima, which reaches a weight of 200 kg (440 lb). It inhabits freshwater in northern South America throughout the Amazon river system, where it lives in marginal lagoons and small tributaries of large rivers

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