Saturday, June 2, 2012


The Life of Animals | Arapaima | Arapaima can reach lengths of over 2 m (6.6 ft), and in some exceptional cases even longer than 2.5 m (8.2 ft) and more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds). The maximum weight for this type of 200 kg (440 pounds) cited. As one of the most popular commercial fish species in South America, is often captured primarily in portable systems were exported to spearfishing for local consumption and hence a large Arapaima more than 2 meters, are rare in the wild today. Commercial fishing was banned in Arapaima by the Brazilian government in connection with commercial extinction. Since Arapaima produce "large, boneless steaks of fish", it is considered a delicacy, about 7,000 tons per year were recorded from 1918 to 1924, the levels of commercial fishing. The demand is to Arapaima fish "ribeirinhos" led (as they call Brazilians living on the banks of the river). Arapaima diet consists of fish, crustaceans and even small animals of the earth, close to the shore. Air-breathing fish go, with its labyrinth organ, which is rich in blood vessels and opens into the mouth of the fish an advantage in oxygen-deprived water that is often found in the Amazon River. This fish is therefore able to survive in the backwaters with dissolved oxygen of 0.5 ppm.

Arapaima lays eggs in the month when the water level is low and begins to grow. female arapaima helps to protect the men and the young by circling them and ward off potential predators. Arapaima are hunted and used in many aspects of the local population. Arapaima are harpooned or caught in a large network, and the meat is delicious. Since the arapaima to swim to breathe air, traditional arapaima fishers often catch it the first harpooning them, and then clubs them dead. Arapaima were also introduced for fishing in Thailand and Malaysia. Fishing in Thailand can be done, where you can often see more than 150kg arapaima landed and then released in a few lakes. Fish has a large blood vessel running down your spine and lift the fish out of water trophy frames can lead to rupture of the vessel resulting in death.

The language of this fish is believed to have medicinal properties in South America. It is dried and mixed with guarana bark, which is grated and mixed with water added. In July 2009, reported some residents who live around Lake Kenyir in Terengganu, Malaysia, screening Arapaima gigabytes.

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