Where in the world?
Freshwater rivers of northern South America and Southeast Asia.
Arowanas are called “bonytongues” due to a toothed bone on the floor of the mouth that meets teeth on the roof of the mouth. They are also known as dragonfish because the resemble Chinese dragons.
Carnivorous surface feeders, Arowanas have upward-facing mouths that are suited for grabbing crustaceans, insects, and small fish that float on or near the water’s surface.
Male Arowanas are mouthbrooders, they carry the eggs and larval fish in their mouths to protects them from predators.
Did you know?
They may leap out of the water in pursuit of prey on branches, such as birds or small mammals; Silver Arowanas and Black Arowanas have been observed leaping up to 6 feet out of the water!