National Aquarium – Silver arowana

Silver Arowana

Osteoglossum bicirrhosum

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Arowanas have the ability to jump out of the water to catch their prey.

Exhibit Name and Location:
Baltimore - Amazon River Forest

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Silver Arowana

Adult arowanas are silvery, while juveniles have a blue glint. They have very large scales and a huge oblique mouth.

Diet

Arowana primarily eat fish at the surface, but will also supplement with insects and crustaceans.

Size

Can grow to 47 inches, and weigh more than 13 pounds

Range

Amazon River Basin, Rupununi and Oyapock Rivers

Population Status

Not listed on any CITES appendix, but a drop in numbers has Brazilian authorities concerned.

Predators

Large fish

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A Note From the Caretaker

Arowana are associated with the surface of the water and will feed on fish found close to the surface. They will also feed on insects that fall into the water, and even jump out of the water to grab prey off of tree limbs.